I strongly disagree with Kenneth (sorry :) ).
In presentation good practices, it is said that slides should carry only important info, as the people should focus on the presenter, no the presentation. Apple presentations are a strong example of this : each slide carries 1-2 main info, the rest is said by the presenter.
Bottom line : not all relevant information is in the slides (even if many people including me still write novels in their slides ;) ), so people must take notes.
Taking notes serves 2 population:
- for the note taker themselves
- the note taker may take notes on behalf of the meeting participants
In the later case notes are meant to be broadcasted, and that's were you find the limits of pen and paper, as transcribing can literally take hours. If you have let's say 3 meetings in a row, you may only be able to send your notes 1-2 days later, which is often quite late.
Digital note taking is a solution, and as such one must accept that people may bring a laptop/tablet for actual work and not just for answering emails during boring moments.