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December 09, 2008


Good post. At the recent WOMMA conference, I think attendees had already gotten the message as a few speakers who should have gotten flamed did not.

Do unto others . . .


Too true. Sorry to say, common sense is elusive.

Great post. I haven't been to many conferences, but coming from my edu background, most liveblogging/twittering would not be tolerated. I like your suggestions for etiquette.
I plan on saving this for the next conference I attend or present at.

I'm not a fan of the live-twittering, primarily because it just seems so horribly rude. And, in a recent piece on NPR, they profiled a piano player who was asked to do different tasks as he was playing. He couldn't do it. You can only really focus on one thing at a time--the entire point of the piece was that it doesn't matter how great you *think* you are at multi-tasking, something always takes a hit.

If you're tweeting, you aren't really focusing on the content of the presentation.

Another NPR piece equated pulling out the BlackBerry to a crossword puzzle. If it wouldn't be appropriate for one to pull out a crossword and start doing it, then it's probably not appropriate to do so with a smartphone.


I experienced this "“continuous partial attention" when I lectured a class in computer-mediated communication and offered my insights in a blog post: http://tinyurl.com/6gojjr

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