What’s wrong with Pen and Paper?

I’ve spent the morning being surrounded by conference attendees who spend their whole time playing with their computers during the talks. The constant clack clack of keyboards will probably haunt my dreams tonight. I probably look really old fashioned because I prefer pen and paper. I know that it could be a good thing to write up notes in real time but I’m not convinced that’s what I would spend my time doing. If I had a computer on my lap the whole time I would get distracted by email and the web (just like most of the people sitting around me) and I want to focus on what the speakers are saying. I’m also starting to wonder if some of the speakers have a better reputation than they deserve simply because lots of the people listening have ten others things to do at the same time.

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