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Bars Are Too Loud, Cafes Are Too Quiet - Are They Preventing The Next American Revolution?


"In part, the noise gap has developed because the Internet has become our new gathering space. A lot of those people ignoring their neighbors at cafés are on their computers, and some of them are surely using those machines to engage with politics... But the Web cannot play the same role as bars and cafés. It can’t match the intimacy of those physical spaces or their potential for spontaneous mass gatherings."

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  • Tom Maybrier

    I think this is a bit of a hysterical take on things.

    I'm not sure where the author is encountering these "quiet" cafes but in California it's not like this. The cafes that I frequent in the Bay Area and LA are vibrant social spaces with music, meetings between friends, small clubs and the occasional first date. In short, they are anything you want them to be, provided you buy something and don't be a jerk.
    Many of them even set aside dedicated nights for social events and will stay open later, play movies, hold classes, etc.

    Is this not the norm in other parts of the US?