[LINK] Aussie 'Video Lifelines'
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Mon Mar 26 07:06:37 AEST 2007
At 12:03 +0000 25/3/07, stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
>Roger .. what is more insecure regarding modern video-conferencing
>than any other Internet communications application? With respect the
>arguments against video-lifeline-services presented here seem to me
>to lack your usual intellectual rigor and may needlessly hinder initiative
>in this direction. A Lifeline service with both phone or net-video seems
>inevitable to me. Why not sooner rather than later? Lives are at stake.
The counsellor and counsellee need to both feel secure in the situation.
Why does a person choose online rather than real-world counselling?
In many cases, it may be because the counsellee is at least hesitant
to expose themselves, and may be very nervous about it. If that's
the case, a text-only or voice-only contact can be much more
attractive. (But Jan put it far better than I did).
If it's because of physical remoteness, i.e. the infeasibility of a
real-word meeting, then granted - visuals may be no barrier.
My words "counselling services would need to be text-only, or
voice-only" over-state what I meant to say. I'm not actively
opposing the availability of vision, nor the two-sided consensual use
of it. I'm expressing doubt about its effectiveness in a lot of
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