Scientific presentations have long been semi-private displays of new data and speculative findings. The nondescript conference room, the slide or PowerPoint presentation, and the somnolent audience — all trademarks of the live meeting event, and all part of why these presentations are viewed as comporting with embargo policies, scientific discourse and free exchange of information, and the like. These in-person meetings aren’t widely broadcast or notorious. Now, there is evidence that even these sessions are moving online via Twitter.
The Mark Zuckerberg interview is worth reading about, I think, because I can imagine in a few months or years a similar Twitter line being generated from a particularly hot or controversial scientific presentation.
What might this do to embargoes? Novelty? Reporting of conferences?