Friday, November 21, 2008
The Psychology of the Coffeeshop
Click here to listen to the piece.
I and mine regardless of our immediate backgrounds and upbringing understand, in a similar fashion, the concept and function of the coffeeshop.
To us, the coffeeshop is a work space away from the work space.
While to many the coffeeshop might be a place of socialization over a cup of cappu, to me and many like me, the coffeeshop is a place of work, a place of creation.
Most of my work is written in such spaces and while the place is indeed public, the immediate space one's occupies is personal, not to be accessed sans the right passport.
I have often referred to the coffeeshop as a heterotopic space. I do so on purpose. The coffeeshop is a symbol of heterotopia, a place where many choose to pursue the kind of activity they choose not to pursue in every other space.
In this audio piece I do a Theory-informed reading of the concept of the coffeeshop. I single out Starbucks since it seems to be a sign readily recognized by most.
As always, I look forward to your feedback.
Tip of the hat to Liam for the photograph and story. Per Delta.