Monday, July 6, 2015

The Lost Art of Conversation

I often wonder what happened to talking to each other? You know, actually having a conversation that entails more than 140 characters? Seems to me that our society is more interested in sharing their mindless drivel via a multitude of social media formats. I still remember the days when I could talk to others. Now it seems the least important details of our lives are shared as if they mean something. The discussion of philosophy and politics are no longer considered appropriate topics.

Fighting for the 'lost art of conversation'


Many social commentators lament how the art of conversation is being lost as people prefer to use email, texts and tweets to communicate. But, as BBC Newsnight's Stephen Smith reports, spoken word enthusiasts are fighting back.
Can we talk? It's an invitation to gossip, to dish.
But it's no longer just a rhetorical question. "Can we talk?" has become one of the most pressing social, cultural - even philosophical - issues of our day to some social commentators.
People such as psychologist and professor Sherry Turkle warn that we're in danger of losing the power of speech as we once understood it.

Free minutes

They point to how the mushrooming ubiquity of digital interaction - through emails, texts, tweets and other apps - is replacing conversation, and even degrading our facility for it.
Some mobile phone companies report that many customers no longer use up their entitlement of "free minutes" - instead it's all about the texting and online services
In other words, we have arrived at the extraordinary position in which we have more digital conversations than "real" ones, as borne out by figures from UK communications industry regulator Ofcom.