Vantage point


The cut-aways (filmed after the interviewed subject had left), the backstage steady cam sneak peeks, the studio bird-eye-view shot showing anchors walk away from the set while credits roll and music fade out….

We are a society privileged with multiple vantage points , given us the illusion of omnipresence. When film and television cameras were fighting for dominance, little did they know that the disruptive element came much later. Now we got I-pad camera ,

traffic camera, security camera, webcam and robotic camera that assists in prostate surgery.

When TV producers mention the word “camera”, they meant the studio camera that stands still, with white balance and lighting all set (the mark). CNN started with night-vision coverage of the first Iraq war, thus setting the stage for the likes of jitter images, but live nonetheless.

From today’s vantage point we can look back (like TIME and Life) to images of the past, personal and collective. Those of us who can relate to still shots in Black and White remember where we were when JFK or J.L. got shot.

Our life is a narrative with karma as an underlining theme.  Like a slide show, it proceeds from left to right, alpha to omega, in a continuous loop.

No “pause” button.

Someone says aptly that we are what we repeatedly do. Habits die-hard.

To change, one needs to practice a new skill no less than 10,000 hours.

(almost 8 hours a day, for 3.4 years weekends included).

The alternative is much easier: just take the path of least resistance.

In “All the devils are here” (about Sub-prime debacle) by the same author who penned “The smartest guy in the room” (about Enron), we learn about unchecked institutional behavior cascaded and led up to recent financial tsunami.

We know now, from our vantage point, that we need multiple check points,  speed-bums and SEC of SEC.

The present is oftentimes better understood from future vantage point. Hence, the importance of visualization.

Of imagining, of inventing and reinventing. We got the mirror, we got the camera. Now we just need an honest look at ourselves via those lenses and view points. See if we can handle the truth. Technology is one thing. Honesty and courage is quite another.

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