Friday, July 07, 2006

"Generation Deaf"

This article in today's Chronicle of Higher Education was interesting:

Staff at the U of Illinois Urbana were surprised when students in the library failed to react to a tornado siren. They were all listening to iPods and other devices at volumes that exceeded the sound of the siren’s blast…

Are students that disconnected from RL that they are unaware of possible dangers? Should we be sure that our emergency warning systems include a visual alert system--flashing red and blue lights? I'm told our new library has these, but will they be visible to everyone?

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