The Art of Conversation
“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”
Henry David Thoreau
Blogging engages us in the art of conversation. Every post and comment brings us together in a 24/7 dialogue to share knowledge and experiences. We participate in an international community made possible by technology that overcomes the hurdles of time, location, distance and language.
Over the past decade, the format for communicating has experienced radical transformation, from text messaging abbreviations and photographs to video chats and “likes” and “shares.” We want fast, efficient and in real-time. Whether content transmits the full message is debatable; nevertheless we persist in our quest for rapid connection. Through it all, we seek camaraderie and friendship.
Quotations have become a popular means by which to exchange ideas and emotional sentiments quickly and effortlessly. Over the past few days, I have enjoyed a wonderful conversation with my dear friends, Dina, Klausbernd, Siri and Selma, about this very subject. I share Dina’s and Selma’s enthusiasm for quotes, but understand Klausbernd’s and Siri’s criticism for the indiscriminate use of quotations. I invite you to share in the discussion. Klausbernd played the advocatus diaboli brilliantly, with humour, reflection, and best of all, candour. Dina’s photographs and choice of quotes brought laughter and tears to my eyes. This is the art of conversation at its best…
Siri: “Do you really know what a quote is?”
Selma: “A tattoo on the lips.”
Siri: “Weißt du, was ein Zitat ist?”
Selma: „Klar doch, eine Tätowierung der Lippen.“
When I read Rebecca’s celebration of quotes on her marvellous blog ChasingArt I felt the urge to contradict playing the advocatus diaboli. I am surrounded by quote-lovers like Rebecca, Dina, and Selma whereas I am as my dear Bookfayrie Siri are sceptical about using quotes. Too often I came across quotes that everybody has read before or quotes of obscure authors and origin.
Als ich Rebeccas Lob der Zitate auf ihrem hervorragenden Blog ChasingArt las, konnte ich nichts dagegen tun, ich musste widersprechend den advocatus diaboli spielen. Ja, ja, ich Armer bin umzingelt von Zitatenfreaks wie Rebecca, Dina und selbst die liebkluge Selma. Meine treue Buchfee Siri und ich sind jedoch sehr…
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