Never one to write up my lecture notes particularly far in advance, here (as long promised) is the first proper draft of the presentation I’ll be giving next Tuesday morning [3rd July 2012] for the second week of the 2012 London Rare Book School seminar series.
It’s a whacking great 12MB download, and is called Privacy, Secrecy, Brevity, Speed.
Just to give you an idea of what’s going on in my mind, I don’t actually know how the talk is going to go – given that I prepared 10x more material than was strictly necessary, I could probably talk for 20-30 minutes on each slide in turn. But given that I can’t predict sensibly what the people on the course will actually find useful and/or interesting, we’ll just have to see where it ends up on the day.
Of course, part of the reason anyone ever puts themselves through an ordeal like this as a lecturer is to find out what they actually think about things themselves. Speaking to (and indeed debating with) a live audience pushes you to move beyond the glibly overconfident text-y answers you can get away with when you’re at your PC late in the night with a cup of cocoa beside you. I’m sure you know the ones I mean.
So, here’s to finding out what I really think! Perhaps it’ll surprise me… it normally does!