[LINK] Geeks, tweets and bums on seats

Ivan Trundle ivan at itrundle.com
Wed Aug 4 17:16:48 AEST 2010

On 04/08/2010, at 4:24 PM, Webb, KerryA wrote:

> The operative term is "softly tapping".  The latest habit of tweeting
> during conferences is quite annoying when people have an audible
> keyboard.

I get annoyed when I have to sit next to someone in a silvery reflective jacket and who smells as though s/he has lingered in the perfume department of David Jones for about a week too long, and who insists on tapping with his/her pointy shoes to an indefinable rhythm.

Of course, some of us are getting old enough to insist on bright lights and clear voice from the front of stage (and nothing anywhere else), so any sort of distractions are more than just an inconvenience. Even the 'exit' signs glow too brightly...

It does add a different dimension to such events: at the final Bill Bailey concert in Australia last week, I saw many people on Facebook, a number texting incessantly, and some writing notes. I expected to see Tom tweeting from the front row, but didn't see the glow of his netbook.


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