The President may be a master of the teleprompter, but Google+ hangouts ain’t television.
You can replay yesterday’s hangout with Barack Obama here, though sometimes the visual language of a video event reads louder when you freeze the frames.
So here is a collage of screenshots from the Valentine’s Day Google hangout with President Obama.
The President is very good at this. If the framing, lighting, and over-the-shoulder shots (see the screenshot below; my webcam doesn’t have this feature!) must be credited to the show’s producer, Obama himself knows how to charge the frame with his physicality.
If you find visual language interesting, check out an oldie but goodie on my daily blog, Counselor @ Law, Zuckerberg, Obama and the Changing Semiotics of the Press Conference.
Attorney William Carleton is a member of McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC, a Seattle law firm. He works with startups and emerging tech companies, their founders and investors. He posts regularly about tech-related legal issues on his blog.