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If you and I shared the same space and just talked about stuff, we'd make more progress in exploring than we have done in the years of interaction online. I found that to be true in so many cases. There is a benefit to reading, thinking about something, coming back later to comment, of course. It has less to do with time, than it does with desire to learn and advance our thinking. By commenting you also process the information for yourself.

it's more an attitude and availability to share inquiry than a strict format in my mind. Face to face continues to beat any other kind of medium - because we're naturally inclined to build observation of non verbals, adapting to context, etc. Being on the other end of a screen makes us a little bit less vested in the outcome somehow. My post was intended as a pause for reflection. There is a false sense of familiarity online, technology makes us rush. It still takes time to get to know people -- and oneself, which is by far the most complex conversation of all.

there is no such thing as a free lunch... or network. The question really is what are we willing to trade off for it. Is that the best investment of our time/energy/attention we can make? What is our overall plan?

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