Generally speaking, we don’t expect most meetings to be recorded. So for better or worse, what we say in a meeting does not become part of the permanent record.

Yet we have discovered that remote meetings follow different rules. Not everyone has access to a high quality internet connection. And some of our colleagues (or in my case, my students) may currently find themselves in a very different time zone.

Which means that, as a practical matter, we end up recording our remotely held meetings. And that means that there will be a permanent record of what we say in our meetings, whether we like it or not.

I wonder whether this will start to change the etiquette of what is said in a meeting, and how it is said. I also wonder whether that change will be a net positive or will be something that we will all come to regret.

I guess we will find out.

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