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Gadgets - don't you love 'em
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Feb 12, 2005 4:15 am ]
Post subject:  Gadgets - don't you love 'em

Gadgets - don't you love 'em
By Flyman for The Stage

Let’s be honest, we techies love our gadgets. It goes back to how important we felt in those days when we used to help the physics teacher to rig up lethal lighting and sound installations for the school play. But we never really get over it as any debate sponsored by the ABTT will quickly show. The latest gizmo and its attendant jargon is quickly absorbed into that peculiar form of communication which is theatre technospeak.

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Author:  salzberg [ Sat Feb 12, 2005 4:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Gadgets - don't you love 'em

It should be noted that the term "techie" is more socially acceptable in the UK than it is in the US.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:51 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Gadgets - don't you love 'em

Indeed, rumour has it that on the East Coast, in particular, vigilante groups of "top quality designers and outstanding technical theatre operatives" stalk the theatres seeking out artists, administrators, critics and audience members misguided enough to use the term "techie".

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Author:  salzberg [ Sun Feb 20, 2005 5:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Gadgets - don't you love 'em

The rumo(u)rs about my having left a horse's head in a certain producer's bed are completely unfounded.

Seriously, "techie" is most-often used by ignorant dancies, singies, and acties as an umbrella term for "all those people about whom I've never bothered to learn anything". These are people who don't know the difference between designers and technicians, even though their careers (and often their lives and safety) depend on those people's knowledge, abilities, and professionalism.

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