15 July 2009

Surfing backchannels in lectures

Great rant by dana boyd, after being 'bitchslapped' by the person sitting next to her at a conference, for surfing the web for 'backchannels' of information whilst listening to a lecture. I'm absolutely on the fence on this. Yes, great to be able to access information instantly whilst you're listening (dana's happy to admit this distracts from listening to the flow - but who's listening to the flow 100% anyway). But sometimes there's also much to be said for just listening. One of her comments (Christopher Sessums) quotes the following:

To waste all day
in the busy town,
Forgetting the treasure
in her own house.

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