Like many academics concerned about developments in Hong Kong, I have from time to time been interviewed by the media. And to my chagrin, the outcome was often most disappointing. I cannot, of course, blame the editor or the reporter for clipping only very short segments out of a long interview, given that air time is very tight. But often times the message that I wanted to deliver was not reported while what I had to say was often clipped to fit the story of the report. For this reason I prefer direct broadcast to pre-recording. Only then can I ensure that my time invested into the interview was put to good use.