Hello to everyone, I hope you’re hanging in there in our new pandemic reality. One of the interesting cultural shifts I’ve seen is a move toward the use of video for what used to be phone-only conference calls. We’re all feeling a bit isolated, so seeing colleagues’ faces makes a big difference. But it brought to mind the video below, which we originally ran in 2014. Back then, it seemed a funny take on our daily phone experiences, but now the regular addition of video to our conference calls is making it look prophetic.

Update: Tim McGeary in the comments below points us toward the sequel, a videoconferencing call in real life (now below as well). If you thought the phone video was painfully accurate…

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


5 Thoughts on "Revisiting in a New Light: A Conference Call in Real Life"

In all honesty, I can’t watch that. It’s too painful because it’s totally accurate.

Hang in there, everyone. This too shall pass.

This is absolutely excellent – now my 2nd favourite video on YouTube.

My favourite remains this one (says the Brit with an American wife):

Hi SSP Community and Friends.

A big thank you to The Scholarly Kitchen for a week full of amazing quality and content. You have deftly helped us to work through times like we have never seen before. On a “good day,” I appreciate reading your blog; however, during these weird times, I need it more than ever. Thank you all. Stay safe and healthy!

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