In the early days of television (which I witnessed) many extraordinary events were televised from close up: the producers must have relished the capacity of this new medium to bring the at-home audience up onto the stage, as close to the performer as to their screen.
Then it changed.  Someone closer to the control panels would have to explain the rationale for the change.  But the viewer was removed further back, distanced as we are distanced from the performances recorded on CDs.  Production has taken the front row seats and the audience is relegated to the back row.
Now even young children are being taught to direct their playing to that back row.
"Project!"
Really?  
Why not, "Listen!" 
 


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