In the Lecture Hall, a Geek Chorus

Enabling wireless technology in university auditoriums has led to a back channel of communication for students to reveal their thoughts. [New York Times: Technology]

Cory Doctorow, a science fiction writer and blogger who has experienced this back-channeling at several international technology meetings, likens the chatter to what happens in the corridor just after people leave a conference session.

“We’re just moving the corridor into the room and time-shifting it by 30 minutes,” said Mr. Doctorow, who takes notes and posts them to his Weblog, or blog, during conferences, enabling people to follow the speaker and Mr. Doctorow’s take on the speaker at the same time.

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