“Now I Get” What Meta Means..


Today was one of those days when I truly understood the concept of meta-. Roughly translated, meta is a prefix meaning on or about, but in our vernacular (or rather, according to the Urban Dictionary) it means “to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential.” That said, I was working on a segment about dry eyes and Computer Vision Syndrome while suffering from dry eyes and Computer Vision Syndrome! Some of the monitors over at ABC News are just really big! At least I am well-armed to combat CVS now. Dr. Roy Chuck from Montefiore will be in tomorrow to talk about the causes and treatments for both. It should be an interesting segment.

My other big project for the day was tweaking the copy on the “Now I Get It!” segment on the Tea Party. Leading up to the start of the primary season, ABC News is producing segments on key terms that are frequently thrown around during the election. Not sure what the Iowa Caucus really is? Take a look at the breakdown by my colleague, Dan Kloeffler:

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Breaking down the Tea Party to a minute long voice-over was a fun challenge. With so much to talk about, it was really hard to condense the entire 2010 Midterm elections, for example, down to a single sentence. The final script was approved today and Dan laid down the track. As you can see from the previous video, the process can be pretty labor intensive, since it’s entirely done with animation. I can’t wait to see the final product though!