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Jodi Schneider

Physical location already is important in some contexts, and not always in the best way: as an American expat, I can't view the Colbert report outside the country. Surely political comedy doesn't have much economic value outside its home country?

I hope that the future of attention-to-the-place-we're-at doesn't mean the impossibility-of-getting-things-elsewhere.

Joe McCarthy

@Jodi: I agree that much comedy - especially political comedy - is context-sensitive (i.e., it is most relevant within the cultural context in which it is produced). However, as a long-time fan of Monty Python, I do believe that some humor can cross borders.

And I didn't mean to imply that the digital networks - at Starbucks or elsewhere - are bad; my concern is that increasingly engaging digital networks in places that might otherwise foster more physical world connections may ultimately have a detrimental effect on community.

I don't know where you are located, but in a comment exchange around the time I posted another blog entry about coffee, conversation and community at Starbucks, Esme Vos expressed similar concerns - from a European perspective - about what she called the zombie cafe culture promoted at Starbucks.


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