I’m sitting in the keynote at Northern Voice 2009 listening to a keynote (eloquent if unsurprising thoughts about what new media mean to old) in a nice soft acoustically-good arena being delivered by a golden-voiced radio professional, and I’m hearing a sound more clearly than ever that’s a regular part of my life but didn’t exist a decade back: The soft surging pitter-patter of laptop keyboards as backdrop to the speaker’s voice. It’s a good thing.



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From: Dan (Feb 21 2009, at 10:57)

Are you sure? To me that sound can also mean that no one is really listening to the presentation(s) - multitasking ! always = comprehension.

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From: Jeff (Feb 21 2009, at 16:43)

I dare say many of them are surfing the Web, checking e-mail, IM'ing, blogging, and not paying attention. A good thing?

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From: Janne (Feb 21 2009, at 18:02)

That's also the sound telling you that voice interfaces will never be the dominant mode of information system interaction.

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From: JB (Feb 23 2009, at 10:12)

It's a good thing? Why?

Usually what it means is that the audience is being distracted by one of the zillion information sources available online ...

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