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1/11/2010
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Irwin Lazar
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Will Video Conquer All?

"Video" was king at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as Skype and Cisco brought out new products designed to make it easier for folks to participate in high-quality video conferences from the comfort of their living room. But does video conferencing, which requires full attention, fit with the trends we're seeing in social applications toward continuous partial communications using a variety of channels, with a variety of participants engaging in multiple simultaneous conversations? Joel Stein at TIME has an interesting take, arguing that people would rather TiVo their lives and shift between various channels and conversations than commit to a video conference. Yes, video conferencing is becoming indispensable in business communications, but will it become an integral part of social communications?

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