Learning by watching … on TV
November 29, 2012
trials. Swing by my office sometime and I'll likely have a cross-examination or
an opening statement streaming live on the flat screen. We pay a pretty penny
for a subscription service that lets you watch trials all over the U.S. And
there’s good reason.
All my life,
when I could watch someone else do what I was trying to learn, I got it in a
snap. Sure, you can book learn, but learning by sight was always shockingly
quicker. I learned to drive a boat, make a weld, bleed a diesel, and fix a star
all by studying someone else do it first. Equally important, I learned how to
do things better and more quickly by watching others. I’d like to think it’s a neural
short-circuit at work, but it’s likely a genetic imprint of ions past where learning
was more showing and doing than telling and listening.
attorneys from across the country make their cases and defend their positions
makes for better lawyering. It’s interesting to see what new arguments work and
to watch a novel way of organizing an opening statement. It’s sort of like
watching game films in preparation for the next kickoff.
Maybe it’s just
the wonkish habits of this maritime lawyer, but I suspect we all share a
commonality. You don’t study how that shipping exec handled the pestering
journalist? You don’t file away how the chief handled the inspecting officer’s
questions? Come on, if you’re not adrift then you’re likely learning something new
every day. It’s what makes things interesting. It’s what makes us interesting.