Bolter's and Gromala's discussion of multiplicity in today's culture reminds me of an interesting debate keep happening amongst the teachers and administrators in my school. The older members of the faculty are baffled by how the younger students are so adept at multiplicity. Many of them do homework while, online, listening to music, watching televison, taking to friends.
Now there is a new school rule which the parents are told to not let their children do any distracting activities while doing homework. The faculty's new argument is: "fine, you are able to do this while doing all of these other things. But, lets see how much better your work is if you simply focus everything on just the homework."
Hmmm, I wonder what would happen if we applied this same logice to all of us.