Starbucks as a social and work hub

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There were about 10-13 ┬ápeople in Starbucks that day and most of them were staring at their screens. Some were socializing with people who weren’t in the building, through Facebook. Others were working on essays or reports, for both work and academics. Some were just consuming media on YouTube and Netflix. Weirdly enough this coffee shop where most people don’t talk to each other has so much more collaboration and human interaction going on than one would assume after a superficial observation. If you look deeper you can imagine all the people socializing and working together through those laptop screens and you realize that there might be many more people involved digitally than there are physically.

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Art at Zimmerli Museum. Thought Experiments and Provocation.

The two pieces of art shown above made me feel very different things. Left one is a picture of peaceful Russian countryside with “Danger” written in red on the side. While this does reflect the culture, it also does much more buy provoking people to think about this culture, and more specifically to be disgusted and an angry about it, which in turn will make them want to change it. The other piece however simply made me go “what is this crap?”. I stood there for good 5 minutes struggling to find meaning and had to ask one of the staff for guidance. While I don’t necessarily care about its image, I appreciate that the author made me go deep in thought, not many things try to do this anymore, but art is one that still does.