Is Blogging Killing Intelligent Conversation?
London was awash with bloggers last night. This included German bloggers brandishing artwork, British bloggers brandishing moleskines and "brand voices" and others brandishing sarcasm and vitriol to great effect. All were awash with ale.
As I've said before, without blogging's conversations, these and other real conversations wouldn't happen because many of our paths would not cross. But there's more than that. I was told of two people who, to great effect, have thrashed out ideas and thinking online where in the past they had worked for the same company and yet had only engaged in small-talk and office niceties.
Blogging has its faults, but by equalising status, bypassing office etiquette and over-riding social timidity, it stimulates intelligent conversation like nothing I've ever come across.
SPOOKY UPDATE: In keeping with the spirit of connectivity, when I alighted from the Tube at the end of the evening I even bumped into Hugh MacLeod. Perhaps it was the tarot cards.