In my Strategic Social Media marketing class, of all places, we are watching a TED Talk by Sherry Turkle entitled “Connected But Alone?” It’s excellent. And it hits close to home because I am actually here Tweeting and blogging during the class. So am I promoting conversation?
I’m promoting communication, but not really conversation. Implicit in Turkle’s argument are the difference between the two.
A communication is an exchange of information in the strictest sense. Simple.
Cute, right? And this type of contact represents the bulk of contact between modern folks. It’s amazing and sad at once.
A conversation may be a lost art, but it is definitely an art. I remember an earlier time, before texts and before Tweets, when I felt clever. I was lamenting recently about a time when I wrote a song per day. Many of them were junk, but it was not a thang for me to think of a clever rhyme, pun or situation and flesh it out and into something cohesive. Can’t do that no more. And everyone knows conversation makes you more smarterer. . . rer.
So maybe my lovely wife, when she points out how technology has stolen my attention and my time, has a valid point. Maybe technology is killing conversation. I must break free of the ball and chain which futuristic living has imposed!
But not right now. Busy Tweeting.