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Everyone’s on Camera and Nobody Knows What They’re Doing

Being on camera is unintuitive, uncomfortable, and unnatural. It combines all of the unsettling fear of public speaking with the social disconnect of not actually being in front of people.

Unlike in person, where eye contact with individual audience members is brief and constantly shifting, on camera, your stage is a rectangle and your “gaze area” is extremely narrow. You’re no longer speaking at a room of people collectively, you’re speaking to a group, but individually. This subtly changes how, and even if, you make eye contact.

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Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown

I make software things and write cookbooks