UVM and CIT sponsor World's First Streaming Video Debate 12-21-99
Release Date: 12-21-1999
Author: Wesley Alan
In the first-ever demonstration of the ability to use low-cost cameras and
streaming video, the University of Vermont' Lawrence Debate Union and CIT
are proud to announce a debate between Cornell University on the
Affirmative and the University of Vermont on the Negative, debating the
resolution: The United States should lift all economic sanctions on Cuba.
The debate will take place on Tuesday morning 12/21/99, at 10:30 AM Eastern
Time at http://quicktime.uvm.edu/. You will be able to hear the audio of
the speeches and see full motion video of the speakers, one team in
Burlington, Vermont, and the other team in Ithaca, New York.
The debate will last under 60 minutes, with six minute constructives (four
of them) and four minute rebuttals (four of them). The debate will occur in
a "public" format but evidence will be allowed. It will be designed to
appeal to a global audience. Because of the 8-10 second buffering delay
there will be no cross examination or points of information.
In order to watch the debate on either a Mac or PC you will need a sound
card and QuickTime 4.0 http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ ]
installed. Aim your browser at http://quicktime.uvm.edu for connection and
instructions that morning. We urge everyone to log on by 10:15 AM because
you might have to do some adjustments. The test Monday morning went very
well, but one never knows. After all, this is a first-time demonstration of
this fascinating technology. Anyone with a 56K modem connection or higher
should be able to watch this debate.
The coaches are Jethro Hayman of Cornell and Alfred Snider of Vermont. The
debaters will be introduced at the beginning of the debate. The coaches
have been responsible for most of the technical arrangements, but this
event would not be possible without the generous assistance of Wes Wright
of UVM CIT and Deb Tufts and Eric Zelman of Apple Computing. We are
especially thankful to Apple Computing for donating a Mac OSX server to
offer the streaming feeds to those watching. QuickTime is a smooth system.
We welcome your comments and reactions after the debate.
Alfred Charles Snider