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Readings For the Final Project

In no particular order and not always in their entirety
This list may be added to as the project unfolds My notes on the readings about coffeehouses will be housed at CoffeeHousesBJR.

I followed a trail and found an interesting blogging community. From Danah Boyd's post, |Am I a Blogger, I saw that she was a guest speaker at |Blog Her, a female community of bloggers who are also part of another company called, | She Knows Media, another women run company whose focus is too foster community among women users and creators of digital media. They are focused on lifestyle topics.

Cook, John and Patricia Santos. "Social Network Innovation in the Internet’s Global Coffee Houses: Designing a Mobile Help Seeking Tool in Learning Layers." Educational Media International, vol. 51, no. 3, Sept. 2014, pp. 199-213. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/09523987.2014.968446.

A concern in the 1600s was that learning and productive work was declining because people were spending too much time in the coffee houses. Cook and Santos compare this complaint to one people make today about social media as a major distraction. It was a place where folks from all walks of life gathered to share creativity and ideas. It wasn't uncommon to sit down next to a stranger and take up a conversation (page 1). As it turns out, coffee houses were often venues for lectures and referred to as "penny universities" because you could hear a scientist talk about his latest research for the price of a cup of coffee (page 2).

This makes me think about all of the free content/classes/ resources available online now.

| Dr. Matthew Green
Button's Coffeehouse was a thriving establishment in London in 1712. The public gathered to drink coffee, read, write, discuss poetry, politics, science and world news. Green writes, "People from all walks of life swarmed to his business to meet, greet, drink, think, write, gossip and jest, all fueled by coffee... coffee came to be portrayed as an antidote to drunkenness, violence and lust; providing a catalyst for pure thought, sophistication and wit."
Coffee houses still seem to have this reputation as apposed to local pubs. They are peaceful common places.

In 1674 there was a Women's Petition Against Coffee - women claimed the drink "transformed their industrious, virile men into effeminate babbling layabouts who idled away their time in coffeehouses." These spaces were by and large men's spaces.
The coffeehouses were each unique - some were filled with taxidermy, some were gateways to brothels, others were places to unwind and watch dancers and entertainers on a stage, but each one was a place to talk for hours with strangers. Green states, "Despite these diversifications, coffeehouses all followed the same formula, maximising the interaction between customers and forging a creative, convivial environment....Listening and talking to strangers - sometimes for hours on end - was a founding principle of coffeehouses yet one that seems most alien to us today." not so foreign when we take in the concept of social media. I'm also curious to see if modern coffeehouses have managed to recapture any of this culture, or if these modern spaces are only spaces for already existing communities of friends to gather.

"Isaac Newton once dissected a dolphin on the table of the Grecian Coffeehouse."
The taste of the original brew was disgusting. Even heavy consumers compared it to drinking "soot" or "excrement." But they liked the way it energized them and fueled their minds. The flavor of coffee in London has greatly improved over time.
Green characterizes the old London coffeehouses as spaces that provided "opportunities for intellectual engagement and spirited debate with strangers."
i will compare this to social media










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