thus is a tangent from Andrei's thread on Twitter @ SxSWi.
"why us the person in front if you more important than the person a
million miles away?"
the assumption coming from a pre-digital culture is that the people
with you ate more important than those away from you.
I would like to suggest that in the digital cultural world that this
distinction is blurted at beat or just outright arbitrary dependent on
specific contextual queues.
Personally I believe there is a balance we ate going to learn to
strike, but to do that we have to put aside our presumptions and allow
new and different things to happen.
BTW, I am a lot less concerned about the example if people isn't media
while a panel or speaker is going on, then I am about Andrei's example
of people prioritizing their digital connections over those in front
of them during 1-on-1 moments. But even then, I would allow for the
possibility that someone can split their attention between the virtual
& physical. To take a Buxtonism I don't think we have reached "G-d's
Law" in terms of our abilities to attribute meaning and value to our