In the hotel we’re staying in, the only Internet access is in the lounge and library, which is where I am right now. My presentation on contemporary literacy begins at 10:00, after an opening day keynote from Niel McLean — ‘Harnessing Technology’ and current developments. Last night was a real treat, and Ewan McIntosh certainly raised the bar for today’s presentations, not to mention time at the bar afterward. I didn’t last very long and was back up in my room before it was late.
Unfortunately, the battery on my computer was down, so I wasn’t able to take notes during Ewans address, but he talked about many things that resonated with me. For instance, he used the image of thin slicing ideas in a way that really made me think. I have to get him to talk about that some more. He also talked about the connection between community and privacy. He believes that people come to online communities (social networks) because they want to connect from the privacy of their homes, where they are not required to wear their public faces.
Since my computer was down, I recorded his address and will listen and further dissect it later.