[ASC-list] speaker control device

Phil Dooley phil.dooley at sydney.edu.au
Mon Jan 31 03:05:48 UTC 2011

Or alternatively work with kids.  It¹s quite clear when you are becoming

On 31/1/11 12:48 PM, "William Rifkin" <willrifkin at unsw.edu.au> wrote:

> Toss, 
> In relation the speaker-control device, I recall our discussing strategies at
> a conference a few years ago.
> The suggestion of electrodes on a delicate part of the body - while an
> appealing approach - is problematic.
> It may be seen by some as a mildly unpleasant signal to stop but by others as
> a welcome stimulation to continue (particularly by those who are 'into
> leather').  Given the latter possibility, it would be ethically unsound to
> employ such shocks, as the benefits may NOT be shared with members of the
> audience who share the same predilections.
> Another option might be a form of SMS phone polling, perhaps via an iPhone
> app.  
> The session facilitator could give out her/his phone number to 10 volunteers
> from the audience.  Each volunteer could then key in the number and a brief
> message (or perhaps just the letter 'x').  They would then not send the text
> message until they had 'had enough' (of course, those who are 'into leather'
> may send a message like, 'stop it some more!').  The facilitator's phone would
> then register the messages, perhaps emitting an audible bleep as each one
> arrived.  
> A variation on this theme could be for someone to write an iPhone app that has
> a bar chart indicating how many 'stop' (or 'stop it some more') messages have
> been received.  The iPhone could be placed where the speaker can see it, or
> perhaps just projected onto the screen behind them ...  A Twitter feed to the
> same effect might work, too.
> Seriously, though, many people worry about offending the speaker.  However,
> the speaker is outnumbered, and the attention of members of the audience is
> incredibly valuable.  Some would argue that it is more valuable than the
> speaker's feelings.
> The bottom line may be that whatever system is employed, speakers have to
> agree to it.  
> Will  
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