Saturday, July 11, 2015

#192 / Meet Me

Meet me in the morning, 56th and Wabasha
Meet me in the morning, 56th and Wabasha
Honey, we could be in Kansas

By the time the snow begins to thaw
             Bob Dylan

Escaping to Kansas with that girl you met isn't the only reason to meet up. 

Politics, for instance! That's another reason. For any real politics, to quote a couple of other great songwriters, we have to "Come together!" You can't have an effective politics without small groups of people, meeting in person. That's a fact.

The Internet, which increases the time we spend inside an ever more virtual world, has the real potential to separate us down to our atomic, and insular selves, making any genuine politics nearly impossible.

So, let's hope Scott Heiferman will be successful in doing what he claims he is trying to do: "Get People Off the Internet." Heiferman is the CEO and co-founder of Meetup. It's an "app." It can get groups together for almost any purpose. Lots of Meetup groups are operating in Santa Cruz, California, where I live.  

You don't NEED an app to get together. You can do it with a phone; you can do it with a note. Knock on my door; I'll grab my coat.

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