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The Ethics of Conference Presentations
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2097  Thursday, 30 October 2003

From:           Edmund Taft <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Oct 2003 12:48:37 -0500
Subject:        The Ethics of Conference Presentations

This is not strictly a point of ethics, but some may agree with me. The
biggest problem with conference papers is that the author fails to
consider her or his audience. The paper is written as a mini-article or
chapter instead of as an oral presentation. The sentences are too long
and convoluted, and the argument is not presented in simple form so that
listeners can easily grasp it.

The result is that academics pretend to have understood what was read
when, in fact, just the opposite is true.

Many of us need to practice what is taught in Speech 101.

--Ed Taft

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