Laptops in Lectures
I came across this amusing photo via Digg a while ago and I’m reminded just how true the message behind it is in almost every lecture I attend. For what it’s worth, I’ve never typed notes in a lecture on a laptop or netbook; besides the temptation for distraction, I regard it as a courtesy to my fellow students not to irritate them with the constant tapping of the keys. Others, though, don’t share my good manners.
In my competition law seminar the other day, I was amused to observe a student sitting in front of me sampling the highs and lows of what the internet has to offer while she should have been participating in the discussion regarding the ins and outs of oligopolies. I guess that’s the inevitable downside of having a laptop with you at all times and fast WI-FI internet access – particularly where students are concerned. We’re not, as a bunch, renowned for having the longest attention spans.