The dying art form of the “conversation”

Posted on August 29, 2012 by


If you follow the hashtag #CMGRCHat, you will come across a twitter discussion that goes on between community managers of dozens of websites, including those working for Fortune 500 companies. The info can be priceless on certain days. Yesterday, a TED Talk was posted called, “Connected, but alone?”. The TED Talk is an analysis by Sherry Turkle, who states:

“As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.”

This talk also examines how such things like texting, Facebook posts, and Tweets are more of a projection of fantasy, instead of how a person would really talk to another. Ms. Turkle also discusses how such a thing indicates technology is attempting to solve the problem of having to deal with uncomfortable conversations, this making the “art of conversation”, a dying skill.

What do you think of it? Do you agree?

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