Zooming life away
Apparently Zoom burnout has become a recognised condition. It’s a bit like what the virus is doing to us all, flattening, numbing, draining, insolating…stupefying?
The British actress/comedienne, Diane Morgan got it exactly right, I think. As her TV persona, Philomena Cunk, she is a brilliantly open-faced interviewer of experts — she always uses the term — of all kinds. She gives us short, sweet “Moments of Wonder” (https://www.buzzfeed.com/scottybryan/philomena-cunk-diane-morgan-moments-of-wonder).
In the depths of lockdown, Cunk set out to learn about a potential vaccine against Coronavirus. But, as she says at the beginning, “I had to do it on a computer, so it sounds a bit shit”. The “computer” is prominent, right from the beginning…
Cunk. Who are you and what do you do?
Pollard: I’m Professor Andrew Pollard, Head of the Oxford Vaccine Group
Cunk: You sound like an expert. What’s your background? Pollard: My background is in developing and evaluating vaccines, but I also work in the infectious diseases of children, so I’ve learned a bit about the viruses that affect children over the last 25 years.
Cunk: No, I meant ‘what’s behind you?’. Is that your office or your living room?
…to the end.
Cunk: how do you leave?
Pollard: I think you click “leave” and then you leave.
Here’s a link to the clip https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1708370782620225
That’s us, now.