The whole idea sounds a little silly. I bet people are more likely to skip class entirely rather than sit through a discussion where they haven't read/have no idea what's going on. In addition, some people will either plug-in or still be able to get reception somehow and I would imagine that it would annoy those around them leading to larger distractions.
I agree with this. There is going to be a lot more class skipping, especially of really boring profs.
Yes. I mean, for that one class 1Ls had last quarter (you know which one I'm talking about), the internet probably played a big role in drawing me to as many classes as I went to. At least with the internet, I had something to do during the 95% of class-time that was useless- allowing me to be there during the 5% of class-time that was actually useful (percentages are approximate- I realize it could be 99/1).
At the margins, I'm sure there are a few people who won't be distracted in class if the internet is not available... but I think that is a far smaller number than Levmore thinks. The internet is just something to use once we're already distracted- its a symptom, not the disease.
Even without actually being able to access the internet, I honestly don't think this is going to stop a lot of the "distracting" activities during class. I imagine most of the (very few) people who play random internet games will just download the games to their computer. And personally, just in case the class I am in IS boring, I plan on having a lot of stuff to read/do saved on my computer.
Plus, this may bring back some good old-fashioned day dreaming.
But the lack of in-class gtalk is going to be bad. How else will I be able to exchange snarky comments with fellow classmates? I assure you, it will be a great deal more distracting for me to whisper them to my neighbor instead of just typing them.
I wonder if they spoke to any (normal) students before doing this...