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I have often lamented the omnipresent broadband connections, the blinking email icon, the RSS aggregator’s annoying ping, and labeled it the Internet anxiety disorder. Tom Standage, a dear friend, and author of A History of the World in Six Glasses goes a little further and points […]

I have often lamented the omnipresent broadband connections, the blinking email icon, the RSS aggregator’s annoying ping, and labeled it the Internet anxiety disorder. Tom Standage, a dear friend, and author of A History of the World in Six Glasses goes a little further and points out that the presence of WiFi is taking away coffee house’s main function: lively discussions, and caffeine fueled intellectual stimulation. He points out that in the past, coffee houses were the portal to hi-and-lo life, and sites where revolutions started. Now we all stare into a laptop screen, tap away, IM and perhaps write a blog post or two. I second that thought – after all if you continue to stare into your laptop, its unlikely that you will catch the eye of the lovely lass across the room. No great romances, and that truly would be a shame. I wonder what Glenn really has to say about all this?

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  1. Wow. So true. And not only does nobody speak, nobody spends. OK, back to my computer. :)

  2. The article’s not totally without merit, but it might be worth pointing out that Cafes can actually use their Wifi to create a *more* social environment. A splash page with links to a message/notice board, web chat, an FTP server/Open Share for files etc can make an enormous difference to the feeling of community. Even better, it encourages you to come back to the same Cafe.
    I’ve met a whole bunch of interesting random people hanging out in Wifi equipped cafes just through Ichat with Rendevous/Bonjour switched on… If the pretty girl over the other side of the room’s got her Ibook on her lap, it’s an even easier ice-breaker than fronting up to her table. Just a thought
    LG

  3. good point LG, but we still are waitng for that cool application. and the number of mac users is still so little compared to people i see lugging around their IBM or Dell machines… well hopefully someone will come up with a real social networking software ;-)

  4. Our House Coffee Sunday, July 1, 2007

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    I don’t agree with you in 100%, but you covered some good points regarding this topic

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