Texas lawyer Rod Ponton’s transformation right into a cat at digital court docket listening to exhibits expertise can have a humanising impact – Scotsman remark

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Texas lawyer Rod Ponton's transformation into a cat at virtual court hearing shows technology can have a humanising effect – Scotsman comment

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Video conferencing on Zoom, Teams and similar services is part of everyday life for many people around the world during the Covid pandemic.

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

“/>Texas attorney Rod Ponton appears as a cat during a virtual hearing in the 394th Texas District Court (Image: 394th Texas District Court / AFP via Getty Images)Texas attorney Rod Ponton appears as a cat during a virtual hearing in the 394th Texas District Court (Image: 394th Texas District Court / AFP via Getty Images)

So it was probably only a matter of time before unexpectedly comical incidents occurred.

But surely, even in his wildest nightmares of appearing in court, Texan attorney Rod Ponton would never have expected him to turn to a judge as a cat after being transformed by a zoom filter.

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“I don’t know how to remove it,” he told the court before stoically adding, “but I’m ready to move on. I am live here. I am not a cat. “

In other such mishaps, a US company executive has referred to a virtual meeting as a potato. A conservative peer appears to have a floating disembodied head after wearing black clothing against a black background. and a multitude of real cats, who appear to have attended almost as many video conferences as their owners, periodically interrupt the proceedings.

All of this can be troubling to those involved given the normally grave purposes of such meetings.

But it is also a reminder that – however great someone may be – we are first and foremost all people who have children, who enjoy zoom filters, or cats who are very devoted to us.

It may seem like technology is mocking us at times, but that’s not a bad thing when such unexpected personal insights have a humanizing effect.

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