I thought it was very rude and wondered, if I were the panel chair, would I have done something? Would you? I don’t mean say something out loud like “Hey! You! Pay attention!” but something quiet, like making you way over to him to ask him to please be courteous to the panel and pay some attention. Would it be worth the possible distraction? Maybe say something to him afterward? Thoughts?
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Proffie-Flakes at Conferences
I am attending a small conference in my city. It’s enjoyable so far. Yesterday I participated in a good discussion of hamster-fur weaving in the 1910s. However, in one panel there was a professor..well..I assume it was a proffie. He was about 40 and not rumpled enough to be a grad student. (OT, have you all noticed that proffies seem to be most rumpled in their larval stage as gradflakes, and then again at the end when they retire? There’s at least a MA thesis in there. Anyway, back to the topic at hand.) For the entire panel the proffie-flake typed on his laptop. OK, he was near the back of the room, but it was a small room and there were only 9-10 people in the audience so it was obvious. He wasn’t noisy, but it was clear he was doing something else. At first I thought he was only waiting to hear the final paper, but no, he did it though all three papers, and then through the discussion.