In Napoleon Hill’s, “The Law of Success,” he recounts a tale of a salesman attempting to sell him a Dictaphone machine while simultaneously demonstrating that a stenographer is a better option. While the stenographer in Mr. Hill’s story is a shorthand writer, I think the story is apropos to machine writers as well. The story is as follows:
“Once I went into one of the offices of the Dictaphone Company to look at a Dictaphone (dictating machine). The salesman in charge presented a logical argument as to the machine’s merits, while the stenographer at his side was transcribing letters from a shorthand notebook. His arguments in favor of a dictating machine, as compared with the old method of dictating to a stenographer, did not impress me, because his actions were not in harmony with his words.” -From, “The Law of Success” By: Napoleon Hill
[SIDEBAR: The stenographer has been winning since way back.]
In The court scene, in season’s one final episode of Scream Queens, you can see a court reporter. It looks like she may be using a Stentura. I’ve never seen a court reporter write like this in real life, with their machine with an attached paper tray sitting slanted on top of a desk…I still love seeing court reporters depicted on film though.
Check out the scene below:
I love the fashion on this show. I also love that, in this scene, Billie Lourd replaced her ubiquitous earmuffs with a hairstyle that pays homage to her mom. This show reminds me of Popular. Did anyone else watch that show growing up?
It looks like the reporter is using a Stenograph Mira. I LOVE that there’s a court reporter in this commercial!! I just wish she had proper machine and hand placement. GEICO, call me. I’ll tell you how to get the court reporter to look authentic.