12.08.2011

Let's Bring Back...

photo by John Von Pamer via Castor and Pollux

It's safe to say that I have a wee bit of a girl crush on Lesley M.M. Blume. She's erudite, witty, cool... Oh and she can seriously rock the black eyeliner. She's also penned a genius book that speaks directly to my closet Luddite tendencies.

But it was her proclamation that we should bring back "discussion societies" that took me from mere admiration to full-blown girl crush...

Here's exactly what she says:

"Let's bring back discussion societies . Polite ones or impolite ones. It doesn't matter. Let's take a break from online chatter and move back into real rooms with three-dimensional people. Anonymous Internet postings try to pass for discussion societies but they are absolutely not the same thing. Too often they breed animosity instead of constructive discourse. Talking is good. Real debate is a dying art."


Preach it sister.

10 comments:

Lucia said...

Amen and Halleluja!So right-on.

Nomadic D. said...

Hear hear.

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

la la Lovely said...

How did I not know about Lesley and her column? This is why I love your blog...SMART + stylish.

nichole said...

AMEN. AMEN. AMEN.

I've stepped away from a lot of the online craziness because I was missing real, genuine connections. I've started channeling my energy into great books and face time with friends. I am SO on the same page as her.

Hope all is well!
Nichole

Andrea said...

Love her look. Her book reminds me of the book Obsolete. Hers might be more highbrow, though.

Kim in the Cove said...

Love everything about that idea!!!

Megan Taylor said...

Bring it back, I love it.

Hannah said...

I'm so glad you like Let's Bring Back! Lesley was one of my authors when I worked at Chronicle Books. She is a dream, one of the very best authors I ever worked with, so stylish, so generous, and just lovely.

Joslyn said...

Hannah -- I love that!!! Makes me even more smitten with her ;-) So fantastic that she was one of your authors...v. cool!

xo

squishtalks said...

It is thrilling that conversation salons are being recognized for their inherent capacity for inspiration, engagement, growth and entertainment. I hear more and more about such forums across the country. Ours in Omaha (SquishTalks) has been going for over a year...

Keep talking!