I’ve actually lived this cartoon several times at official meetings in the past two years.
Somehow, having a laptop in front of you makes the reality of cognitive multi-tasking more tangibly visible to some leaders. When we’ve been in class or in meetings, we’ve always had trouble as human beings maintaining a singular focus on the speaker’s voice and topic. In a meeting with my laptop, I’m likely talking notes with EverNote, checking my calendar and adding items to it, and/or looking up something which is being discussed. I’m never playing Solitaire. Yet I find that in some cases, some people assume laptops are just toys and useless distractions when it comes to class lectures or formal meetings. Certainly digital technologies can be used to “distance and distract” (words from John Naisbitt in “High Tech/High Touch” I think) but in my case a laptop is a used in a meeting to digitize thoughts for indexed access afterwards, and to obtain additional information needed to process new directives.
Scott Adams has captured elements of this reality well in his cartoon today.
Thanks to James Deaton for bringing this to my attention via a tweet.
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- Discussing the Megan Meier MySpace / Suicide Tragedy - 2007
- Facing the realities of bullying in our schools and communities - 2007
- Thinking Coffee 2.0 - 2007
- Changing expectations of learning - 2007
- Podcast102: Looking at Dead and Emerging Technologies - 2006