Wednesday, February 01, 2006

face time

Part of the game around the State of the Union involves next-day quarterbacking about the performance itself, appropriate given the speech's wide audience. At least one critic points out that you need to practice composing your facial features just as much as the words on the page. "Teleprompters are a crutch to lend presidents easy eloquence, but the camera can be an underminer, revealing what rhetoric seeks to conceal. Mr. Bush spoke confident, even defiant words, but he looked defensive," wrote New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley today. The problem's compounded by the camera's tendency to make your features seem more dour and flat than you feel, which is why it's useful to practice in front of a camera whether your next speech is televised or just before an audience.

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