Just A Minute – Revels’15
JAM or Just a Minute was easily Paradigm Shift’s most anticipated event. JAM, originally a BBC radio game, came with the following set of rules – a panel of six would be given a particular topic to speak on for a minute. Each speech by the panelists have to grammatically correct, enunciated perfectly and not digress from the topic. Aimed to test one’s command over the English language, anybody failing to deliver Queen’s English with a jester’s wit could be ‘JAMed’ and their error would be pointed out. Separate set of points were allotted for pointing out errors and speaking. Audre Lorde was right, ‘Your silence will not protect you’.
Paradigm Shift convened their JAM with a whopping thirty participants under the watchful eye of a seasoned moderator, Vikramjit Ray, an alumnus of MIT. He came with a bounty of topics that got the participants rambling on, and had the audience in splits. The panelists were of two kinds, MITians or VITians. Every group of speakers made it seem like it was a battle wits between the two colleges. Jam could definitely brag about getting most outstation participation. To make some rounds even more interesting, the moderator included ‘delights’. Delights are whimsical challenges a panelist pointing out errors must complete before pointing the defect out. The first round of JAM had delights like complimenting any person in the room, cracking a racist joke, singing a song, dancing a jig, the usual. Any ambiguity regarding the rules was resolved by the moderator. JAM-ing’s first rule is ‘Mod is God’. Nobody left the stage unhappy.
JAM was a very well conducted event. Even with the mammoth participation the event went on like clockwork. Round one set a very high bar for round two. Here’s hoping JAM R2 lives up to the expectations.