Sunday, 3 December 2017


Captions are essential, not a luxury

Demonstration teaching
Professor Pető and I
This rather fuzzy picture has just been published on the Facebook page of the European Conductive Association. It comes from a photo report of last week's annual Pető Day event held at the Semmelweis Medical University's PAK:

This unattributed image may be part of a slide presentation. If so, Whose?

If it were then presumably the presenter told something about it. Out of context and wthout such commentary, slide presentations tend to be rarely of value. The viewer is left with some rather basic questions:
  • What is going on here?
  • Who is involved?
  • When and where did this happen?
  • And what is interesting about it?
And specifically in this case, who was 'I'?

This image looks like a potentially interesting contribution to the limited corpus of available public archive of pictorial images of András Pető. But without answers to questions such as the above, much of its potential value may be lost. Worse – the image may prove actively misleading...

The same questions of course apply to the rest of the slides in this sequence, and to many such others.

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