A Few Non-Economic Observations (well…almost)

May 23rd, 2012 at 3:50 pm

First, for those who (helpfully and politely) correct my grammer around here, here’s a tee shirt I saw today:

I am the Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.

Second, is it rude to look at your smart phone during meetings?  I guess so, but a) everybody does it, b) even well-run meetings are, at some point, inefficient, and c) it is a bit rude, I’m sure, but it’s hard not to and can be done without losing the thread of the conversation.  I think it’s quite rude to do anything more than check it–i.e., to respond to an email is impolite.

I will say this: if you’re having a meeting about the economy and the budget deficit, and someone goes into a rap about how the markets and going to punish us for our fiscal policy, the bond vigilantes are coming, the end is near, yada-yada…at that point, it is legitimate to check your phone.

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6 comments in reply to "A Few Non-Economic Observations (well…almost)"

  1. Stuart says:

    At that point checking your phone, and perhaps yawning, is an overt and active participation in the meeting and a comment on the value of the speaker’s view.

  2. Jill SH says:

    Grammer is probably married to Gramper. She won’t correct your grammar, but she will go after your spelling.

    So many times I’m in a discussion my friends telling them about all the great econ stuff and charts and all on your blog, that I whip out my smartphone to show them what you’ve been talking about. Er, about that which you have been talking. So smartphones rule.

  3. vicki says:

    Sounds like a good time to catch up on Words With Friends or the latest WootOff.

  4. tom says:

    Yes it is rude to look at a smart phone, it is an insult to those of us who carry low status dumb prepaid phones because $10 a month is affordable, $100 is not.

    • Michael says:

      I think that Jared Bernstein probably doesn’t move in circles with a lot of regular phones.

  5. Michael says:

    Actually, the correct response to that is to start beatboxing their comments.