Monday, March 5, 2012

Coffee Shop Culture

When reading this week's articles, especially "On Internet Time" by James Gleick (1999), I kept thinking back to this article I read last week about how coffee shops will take over our world as we become less physically social and operate more solely on our laptops.  The article, from December 2011, is called "In the Future Everything Will Be a Coffee Shop" by Stephan Gordon.  He writes about how our workplaces and universities and book stores and retail stores will become coffee shops as we can do more on our laptops and become more connected to our laptops.  It will be fascinating to watch how retail environments and work places evolve to fit the more connected atmosphere.

Gordon links to an excerpt of a presentation by the fascinating Steven Johnson (find more about him here) talking about the beginning  of "coffee house culture."

1 comment:

  1. I loved the clip you added to your post, it's really interesting.

    I agree with you that it will be interesting to see how retailers and work places will evolve in the future, however I couldn't help but feel like Gleick was talking about me in this reading. I often feel so overwhelmed by all the new "social trends" that I almost always reject all the new stuff and stick with what I know. This is comfortable to me and I use it as a buffer to NOT have to be connected in every way possible all the give me "pause for thought" as Gleick put it.

    I know I'm not old but I feel so slow compared to the younger generations who seem to adopt and manage the vast amount of social media much better than I do. Because of this, I feel stressed and pressured to be a part of every social network ever in existence so that I will appear to others as informed, connected, or well rounded...

    I sometimes wonder if there will ever be a social media overload or social media bubble (sort of like the bubble) where the online efforts of too many companies trying to achieve the greatest amount of connectivity all at the same time will ultimately backfire on them and turn consumers/society away because we simply can't handle it all.