Stilgherrian Live (Metro Screen) Special, with Cnuts

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There’s a very special edition of Stilgherrian Live this Friday afternoon at 2pm Sydney time. ’Pong and his classmates at Metro Screen are producing a full multi-camera episode with a quiz and interviews and other entertainments.

The program is the end result of their full-week course, Produce live-streamed multi-cam television. ’Pong pitched doing Stilgherrian Live as his segment — as if he wasn’t busy enough doing his Masters of Digital Media at COFA and being DOP for some SEKRIT soap opera — and somehow that’s morphed into me presenting the whole program.

The program will be streamed live from Metro Screen’s page at Viocorp.

Now, I know 2pm Friday is when many people are meant to be working, but it’d be great to have a few of you watching, commenting back, and even providing the students with some feedback.

So to encourage your participation, we’ll have our usual offer of a t-shirt of your choice from our friends at King Cnut Ethical Clothing. Just nominate a “Cnut of the Week” and be watching the program when we draw a name from the Cocktail Shaker of Integrity.

Cnut of the Week graphic

“Cnut of the Week” is where we remember the example set by King Cnut the Great, who proved to his sycophantic courtiers that trying to hold back the tide is pointless.

We’re looking for people, organisations or other entities who are futilely trying to hold back the tide of change — especially the changes being wrought by the Big Bad Digital Hyperconnected Internet. It has to be something in the news in the last week, and you have to explain yourself. Nominees have to be not merely doing bad things, but failing to notice or adapt to the change around them. And you have to nominate here, in a comment on this post, for your entry to count.

(Of course, neither me nor King Cnut Ethical Clothing are as lame and unethical as to share your email address with anyone else. I for one have site policies about this sort of thing, and so do they.)

Who do you nominate, and why?

I’ll have to tell you the closing time for nominations later. Normally it’s an hour before the program starts, but with a multi-person production team — especially one in training — we’ll need to give everyone a bit more time. We’re having rehearsals on Thursday afternoon, but I think we can use “substitute Cnuts” until the real ones come in.

[Update, Thursday 30 July 2009: Nominations will close at 8pm Sydney time tonight.]

We also need a better method of confirming that the winner is watching the program when we draw their name. With a tighter program timeline, we can’t just waffle on for three minutes until you email, or not. Any suggestions?

43 Replies to “Stilgherrian Live (Metro Screen) Special, with Cnuts”

  1. I nominate Stilgherrian for this tweet stopping nominations a whole 17 hours earlier than normal, guaranteeing something amazing will be in the news tomorrow that we can’t nominate.

    That is all.

    1. @Zombie_Plan: While this does not invalidate your nomination in the least, the reason for the long lead time is that I have to prepare the graphics for the “Cnut of the Week” shortlist tonight so they can be loaded into Metro Screen’s production system first thing in the morning, in turn so the brand-new crew can do their technical rehearsals through the morning.

      In a regular program with a regular crew, sure, we could load them in during the last hour. But this is my help-the-process-of-education wonderfulness in action… or something.

  2. I’d like to nominate ACMA and 2Day FM for their wonderfully antiquated complaints process, where if you want to want to vent your spleen over the vile inappropriateness that is Kyle and Jackie-O you have to download a form and fax it to the station. I’m pretty sure I had a form on my ‘personal web-site’ circa 1995 that would email me, surely 2Day FM can manage that?

    So, for their commitment to stifling communication, ACMA and 2Day FM are my nominations for cnut of the week.

  3. I nominate Facebook for trying to change their service to something it’s not…by overriding everyone’s security/privacy settings.

  4. I have already nominated “the designers of the “name the new creamy Vegemite” page at given the fact I had to ring technical support for assistance.”

    Having submitted an excellent name I have reviewed their terms and conditions.

    Condition 14

    14.The entrant whose entry is chosen by the judging panel may be invited by the Promoter to participate in a media campaign (as determined by the Promoter), including but not limited to, being interviewed and photographed, filmed and/or chaperoned, and having their name and photograph published in any newspapers, publications, the Kraft newsletter or press releases, at the absolute discretion of the Promoter.

    By submitting an entry, entrants agree that if their entry is chosen by the judging panel, they will participate in and co-operate as required with all reasonable media editorial requests made by the Promoter. The Promoter will not pay the entrant any monetary prize, fee or compensation for their entry.

    The Promoter is not obliged to invite the entrant whose entry is chosen to participate in any such media campaign and the invitation is at the absolute discretion of the Promoter.




    ..the winner is obliged under the terms and conditions to “co-operate as required” with all media requrests made by the Promoter – being interviewed, photographed, filmed and/or chaperoned and having their name and photograph published in any newspaper, publication, the Kraft newsletter or press releases.

  5. Nominations are now closed. I’ll be choosing the shortlist tomorrow morning and you can vote in the final poll during the program from 2pm Sydney time on Friday. Thank you!

  6. @Ben: Now that I’ve edited the timestamp on my last comment to reflect when nominations actually closed, I see that you missed the deadline. But you should be happy with that, because otherwise I would taunt you mercilessly for thinking that “being stupid” is even remotely an example of “futilely holding back the tide of change”.

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