How journalism works - smart pens, stupid writer


How journalism works - smart pens, stupid writer

LiveScribe.jpgHere's the Echo Smart Pen, an ingenious device that records every conversation. If only I had one of these earlier, it would have saved me several court cases.

"Dear Sir, I wish to complain about your recent article, where you have seriously misquoted me...."

Etc, etc. Yada, yada, yada. 

Blimey, we've all heard that one, haven't we? Or is it must me?

You find yourself in court, showing your work to a magistrate, who takes a minute to read it and finds in your favour. All because your thuggish opponent was too vain and stupid to admit the truth.

Recording all conversations is a massive time saver then. Especially when you are dealing with dunder headed Midlands based amateur agencies and their buffoonish bumpkin telecoms clients.

That's why the Livescribe Echo Smart Pen is a lifesaver. In a meeting, you take notes while the pen records every detail of the conversation. If, as happens, you find yourself having to drag someone to court, you will have to prove everything was said. With conventional recordings, this takes an age. Anyway, recorders are passion killers. Once people see you're recording the conversation, they clam up. So a thuggish, boring telecoms salesman becomes even less articulate and begins to sound like a heavily edited sales brochure.

The beauty of the Livescribe Pen is it's unobtrusive, but smart enough to be able to link your written words to the exact point in the recorded conversation. So when you play back the file, you can skip straight to the point where they damn themselves.

The Livescribe Echo is a ballpoint pen with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder. It's handy for business professionals and students and it can be used during meetings or lectures as you can hit 'record' and while you are taking notes, it will record everything that is being said at the time. After the meeting/lecture, you just press 'stop' and when you want to go through your notes you can tap on a certain word on the page and it will play back what was being said at that time.

Brilliant. Case dismissed. Now get out of my court!

This was first published in January 2011

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