Lawrence Lessig is a favorite writer of mine, his blog is exemplary and his book “The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World” should be required reading for every teacher with students in 3rd grade and above.
The Presentation Zen blog post, “The Lessig Method” of presentation reveals that Lessig is a leader in another field besides intellectual property and copyright issues. Lessig is a powerful communicator using 21st Century presentation tools. Consider this quotation from James Grimmelmann:
Larry is one of the most extraordinary PowerPoint virtuousos I’ve seen. It’s not just the white-on-black typewriter font. He uses phrases as anchors into his talk: the slides are signposts that let you glance up and pull out key words and ideas from his talk. He’s also brilliant at taking slides he’s previously shown and modifying them to put new twists on those ideas. At the DRM conference, he changed background colors to show the expansion of copyright; today, he’s played with the color and placement of text. When he flips through the slides showing copyright terms in various years, it’s almost an animation. And when he’s talking about old films decaying and disappearing, he uses a blank black slide.
Better than reading about the Lessig Method– you can experience it– check out this 2002 presentation by Lessig on “Free Culture.” This is an 8 MB flash file that will take awhile to load, depending on your Internet connection speed. Experience is really the best teacher, so take a look at this to see what I am referencing and talking about here.
Dr. Lessig has a wealth of other audio and video presentations available on his website. My own audio/video content page on my main website is a modest attempt at using a similar model of sharing ideas via multimedia.
But I have never used the “Lessig Method” of presentation. Wow. If you think you have “seen it all” when it comes to multimedia presentations, check out Lessig’s free culture example. Very powerful and effective.
Dick Hardt’s 2005 keynote on “Identity 2.0″ is another example of this presentation style referenced in the initial link above, which I have not viewed yet.
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