2470: Next Slide Please
|Next Slide Please|
Title text: "I have nothing to offer but blood--next slide, please--toil--next slide, please--tears, and--next slide, please--sweat."
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This comic presumes that many famous quotes are actually excerpts from slideshow presentations, and the text they were reading was split across multiple slides. The person making the speech wasn't operating the slide projector, so they had to ask the operator to go to the next slide. The common way to ask this is to say "next slide, please", but these have been edited out of the historical transcripts. The comic imagines the places where the slide breaks might have been, and inserts that request.
Most of these quotes are drawn from speeches, which could conceivably have been accompanied by slides or other stage directions ("pause for laughter"), but the list is quite ridiculous as it includes works of literature, where the reader is the one who turns pages as necessary, and speeches from periods of history, such as the American Revolution, which predated slide projectors.
The phrase "Next slide, please" is perhaps in a sweet-spot of utility and performance. A rehearsed presentation, with speaker and 'slide handler' working with a tight script, could probably do without off-stage prompting at all, or the better lecturers with an oft-repeated talk could set it all on timings knowing they can keep the changes synchronised with their speech, or vice-versa. But when a cue is necessary, an unambiguous signal should be used, and an audible 'clicker' (or a small and briefly flashed light) has been used historically, especially with pre-electronic slide-shows where the slide-operator at the back of an auditorium needed to clearly discern the intent of the person at the lectern.
Single words might be more efficient, such as "Next", "Slide" or "Please" on their own, but occasionally could crop up in the rest of their patter, unrelated to a desired change. (It is a comedy staple that a person who was without an expected 'clicker' would actually resort to saying "Click", with or without later confusion when they say something that sounds like they intended an advance.)
Two word signals (e.g. "Next slide", "Next, please" or "Slide, please") might suffice to be clear but sound a bit sharp, or even rude and condescending to the 'floor staff', devaluing the tacked on politeness. Overly long phrases, such as "Thank you, Mr Hargreaves, could you put the next image, if you would be so kind", are not unknown but indicative of an inexperienced yet amicable (or else supercilious) presenter, and would present greater distractions to the audience if used consistently for many instances of prompting.
While still suffering from repetition, and the apparent sincerity of politeness may have worn thinner through overuse, it seems that these three words have been honed in on (at least in the anglosphere) as a commonly expected phrasing.
The further test of the orator's character is now when a change is missed, accidentally doubled, the prepared sequence is subtly digressed from the talk or an audience comment requires reversal to prior material. At this point communications between the podium and off-stage become vastly more improvisational, dependent upon the situation encountered. If the audience is 'lucky', the exchange necessitates a full dialogue, with different joys depending upon how much of the non-presenter's half of the discussion can be heard as resolution or resignment is attained. None of the comic's examples go this far but the possibilities of what they might have entailed, in each case, is easily imagined.
|"Give me liberty or give me—Next slide, please—death!"||Patrick Henry, at the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, as part of the revolutionary war against Great Britain.|
|"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down—Next slide, please—this wall."||Ronald Reagan, Berlin Wall Speech (1987).||The Berlin Wall is depicted to be thin and made of panels.|
|"It was the best of times—Next slide, please—It was the worst of times."||A Tale of Two Cities, novel by Charles Dickens.||At the current pace, the intro would have 13 "Next slide, please" instances.|
|"We have nothing to fear but—Next slide, please—fear itself."||Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.|
|"To be or—Next slide, please—not to be, that is the question."||From the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Act III, Scene i.||This speech is considered a soliloquy, even though Ophelia was in the room reading a book.|
|"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art—Next slide, please—more lovely and—Next slide, please—more temperate."||Shakespeare's Sonnet 18.||A sonnet is a type of love poem, and it requires rhyming and pacing. The inclusion of "Next slide, please" is breaking the poetic flow, as well as unbalancing the length of lines, making it unpredictable when a rhyme is supposed to occur.|
|"We shall fight—Next slide, please—on the beaches, we shall fight on—Next slide, please—the landing grounds..."||Winston Churchill, We shall fight on the beaches speech.|| 4 June 1940, after the disastrous first weeks of the battle of France Churchill had to acknowledge a military disaster but to convene confidence in victory and will to fight. |
The beach image shown shows a parasol and two people playing with a beachball, as opposed to showing the Miracle of Dunkirk or an attempt or make a beachhead.
|"Read my lips—Next slide, please—no new taxes."||George H. W. Bush, spoken at 1988 Republican National Convention|
|"That's one small step for man—Next slide, please—one giant leap for mankind."||Neil Armstrong, when he stepped off the Apollo 11 lunar module and onto the surface of the Moon.||Normally would be proof of a fake moon landing, although Neil Armstrong strong insisted that the speech be made on location. The positioning of the "next slide, please" was placed at the intended comma, although there was also a small gap within "one giant" which could also be a potential placement in the audio clip.|
|"Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears! Next slide, please. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him."||From the play Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Act III, Scene ii.||Takes place after Julius Caesar suffered a few stab wounds in Act III, scene i. If it were a presentation, the pictures would need to be created between scenes, although the play implies there would barely be enough time in response to a recent event.|
|"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of—Next slide, please—a good fortune, must be in want of—Next slide, please—a wife."||Intro to Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen.|
|"Veni, vidi—Velim, pictura proxima—vici."||Julius Caesar, in a letter after defeating Pharnaces II (47 BC). Literally, "I came, I saw—Please, next picture—I conquered." - it seems to fit nicely into the alliteration.||Caesar used this phrase to refer to a swift, conclusive victory at the Battle of Zela.|
|"I have nothing to offer but blood--next slide, please--toil--next slide, please--tears, and--next slide, please--sweat." (title text)||Winston Churchill, 'Blood, toil, tears and sweat speech.||From 1940, shortly after he became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom when asking for a vote of confidence in the new all-party (unity) cabinet.|
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- [Text at the center:]
- Did you know?
- Transcripts of famous quotes often
- leave out the slideshow instructions.
- Here’s the line actually sounded:
- [Below showing a list of quotations, with Ronald Reagan standing next to a slide showing the Berlin Wall to the right of the text.]
- "Give me liberty or give me—Next slide, please—death!"
- "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down—Next slide, please—this wall."
- "It was the best of times—Next slide, please—It was the worst of times."
- "We have nothing to fear but—Next slide, please—fear itself."
- "To be or—Next slide, please—not to be, that is the question."
- "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art—Next slide, please—more lovely and—Next slide, please—more temperate."
- [Below showing another list of quotations, with Winston Churchill standing next to a slide showing a beach with recreational equipment, to the left of the text.]
- "We shall fight—Next slide, please—on the beaches, we shall fight on—Next slide, please—the landing grounds..."
- "Read my lips—Next slide, please—no new taxes."
- "That's one small step for man—Next slide, please—one giant leap for mankind."
- "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears! Next slide, please. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him."
- "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of—Next slide, please—a good fortune, must be in want of—Next slide, please—a wife."
- "Veni, vidi—Velim, pictura proxima—vici."
- The Blood, toil, tears and sweat speech was already the topic of 1148: Nothing to Offer
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