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Where is the conversation?

Photo: Ron Mader, 7MagicMountains (Some rights reserved)

A conversation is communication among two or more people. Impactful conversations occurs when people listen to one another over time. It’s not an easy task. Just staying in touch is compounded by a multiplicity of platforms and apps. It’s impossible to be everywhere at once, but let’s find ways to be more approachable and more capable of listening to others.

In the natural world in this time of pandemic, comfortable conversations require increased physical distancing. This new temporary normal seeks out meeting places with room to spare. Regarding the photo shown on this page – during Responsible Travel Week we are planning some visits to Seven Magic Mountains. As roadside attractions go, these colorful spires are the centerpiece of a calm public space with plenty of room for physical distancing.

Making the most of the social web, we are seeking your tips on making the most of real-time video calls. Where is the conversation? Everywhere! Are you using Duo, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Houseparty, Skype, WhatsApp, and Zoom.

Let’s explore current online platforms that enable the gambit of real-time chat from trivia parties and zoom yahtzee to online conferences, telemedicine, and tele-education.

Among the bright spots of the COVID19 Pandemic, it is the gift of downtime to learn a few new technical skills. Our digitial literacy and shopping skills improved exponentially.

This essay showcases what we have learned about various apps and platforms. This is also a work-in-progress as the virtual floor continues to shift below our feet. It’s not just the global pandemic – the leaps in technology have given us each different palettes for what we find useful as well as irritating.


  • What have you learned?
  • Where do you want to go?
  • Where are your conversations?

Where is the conversation? Everywhere. Or simpler, online and offline.

In the late 00s ‘conversation’ emerged as one of the fave buzzwords on the social web. Journalism outlets more than ever are encouraging readers/listeners/viewers to ‘have your say.’ Why? User-generated content is cheaper than reporters.

“Have your say” was and remains a mantra. Do we really have a say? And do we want to hear what others are saying? Check out the chats on Nextdoor.

Sometimes we are not sure (read: oblivious to) where the conversation lies or what we should expect from face-to-face chats or responses in online comments. Where is the conversation?

The way we think about conversations continues to change with the rolling advance of digital doodads, and there will always be a newer, shinier toy.

Marketing gurus talk up the changing nature of conversation, particularly with with potential clients and current partners. They know that old ways of doing things don’t work now. We are seeing diminishing effectiveness of email blasts and a growing interest in exchanges via social web channels including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube … just to name a few!

There’s a major transition in process. Read write culture is a great concept but many people – and particularly older people – are unable to add a favorite bookmark to their browser, let alone remix their own work.

The major questions are where and how to engage with online conversation. The narrative is no longer the linear A-B-C but rather an alphabet soup of possibilities.

Conversations are evolving from chitchat around the physical table or the proverbial water cooler.

Everyone – locals and visitors – appreciate the opportunity to be engaged, meaning to being able to listen and being heard.

Meaningful conversation is a slippery creature, co-created and devised by parties with different interests and points of view.

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