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 Conversation2005-10-27 13:01
by Flemming Funch

Euan quoting Theodore Zeldin:
Conversation is different from talk

Talk in the past was about rising up the social scale. Etiquette - not what you thought. You had your place in society and that was it.

Conversation is a new thing. Conversation means who you keep company with. Not just the exchange of words - a social activity. When society was hierarchical we had one kind of conversation - now we need to invent a new kind of conversation. An exploration and self revelation. You each reveal things about what are important to you in your lives. You have admitted each other into private worlds and created links - you create shared experiences.

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31 Oct 2005 @ 16:46 by jerryvest : Hi, Ming....Isn't 'Interaction' the
preferred exchange of communication? Interaction implies partnership and equality that has much more value in a forum such as this, don't you think? But, then, 'conversation' is fine as long as it is not hierarchial--superior/inferior.  

1 Nov 2005 @ 15:59 by ming : Interaction
Well, I think conversation is interactive. It is a give and take thing, a dialogue, a mutual discovery in progress. Any hierarchical mode of communication is something else, something more boring.  

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