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We Demand a Vibrant Sphere!


More on the suddenly hot topic of the public sphere in restaurants and cafes, this time from Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker, highlighting how classic European cafes were a greenhouse for liberalism and cultural intersection, whereas today "...the point of spending a day working in a Starbucks, or in its cuter and more local-seeming rivals, is never to interact with your fellows."

Ultimately, these establishments and their online brethren will respond to what we demand. When we demand a return of a more vibrant sphere, they will give it to us.