Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Too Wired to Communicate?

As I recall my years in the law firm, I learned a ton through conversations with the other associates and partners.  Talking through issues was an important part of case development and skill building.  This article from the ABA Journal discusses how the workplace is changing due to our reliance on electronic communication. 

“The change is affecting the workplace, where people don’t talk in person. A senior partner at a Boston law firm told her about a typical scene in his office. Associates lay out their laptops, iPods and multiple phones, and put on their earphones. “Big ones. Like pilots,” the partner said. “They turn their desks into cockpits.” The office is quiet, Turkle writes, “a quiet that does not ask to be broken.””

This would be an interesting discussion with our students.



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