Don’t be confused by a stretched attempt to create a clever title, tilting back to the 1969 movie by Sydney Pollack. And I am not advocating violence…
For a fun romp, see what else pops up on Google for this search:
* They Shoot Horses but Vaccinate Dogs Immune deficiency diseases in animals – are they caused by vaccination?
* They Shoot Horses Do Not They? a hillbilly art rock band from Vancouver.
* They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? an abortion article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages
I wander way off point, as Google prompts me to do.
But back to where I started. Tomorrow is our big technology extravaganza, our Ocotillo Retreat 2005: Lost in Technology and we cleared 215 in online reservations.
What I do not get is how people cannot see past the mode of lecture as presentation for professional sharing. Despite our clear indication on the proposal web forms, and several email confirmations of the format, I have had at least two people back out of doing an “open demo”- our name for what is a poster(less) presentation (people providing informal demos to interested people in an open computing lab) because “I was planning to do a presentation format”. This translates to “I was planning on droning on and on to a captive audience” rather than having a conversational, unplanned exchange.
It’s too bad as we have done these many times in the past, and it is much more energy in the room, and participants can gain more from picking the topics and people that interest them by going to the informal demo rather than sit trapped through a fixed presentation in a classroom. And in a stretch, it is much more like the gulf of distance between getting your current information via RSS (pull what is interested) rather than push (wait for what someone thinks should interest you).
I am hoping tomorrow we will shed some more light on this approach to sharing projects and ideas, and bend people away from the paradigm of presentation as lecture. For the upcoming academic year, I am hoping to avoid going to conferences where the lecture is the primary mode of communication.