miércoles, 10 de julio de 2013

Talking point: Strangers Having Private Conversations in Public

This week's talking point, Strangers Having Private Conversations in Public, touches on the sensitive issue of privacy and using technology devices in public. It is taken from a Student Opinion question posed in the New York Times Learning Network in mid June.

Before getting together with the members of your conversation group, go over the questions below and read The New York Times article How not to be Alone.
  • How often do you get engaged in conversation with a complete stranger?
  • Have you ever helped out a complete stranger?
  • In what situations are we most likely to overhear private conversations?
  • Have you ever overheard a mobile phone conversation or seen someone’s screen when being in a public place? 
  • If so, could you explain the situation(s) and what the conversations were about?
  • Could you have found a way not to have listened to the conversation or not to have seen the screen?
  • Do you try to ignore people when they are in public but engaged with telephone conversations and social media interactions that are meant to be private?
  • If so, what strategies do you use?
  • Is your attitude shared by the majority?
  • Have you ever felt tempted to intervene when overhearing the conversation and help the person out?
  • Would you always ignore the people holding the conversation if you noticed they are going through a difficult time? Why (not)?
  • The statement “Technology celebrates connectedness, but encourages retreat.” is taken from the New York Times accompanying article to the topic. What does that statement mean to you?
  • What do you think are the unspoken“rules” about conducting –and observing– interactions using technology devices in public?

photo from ELTPics in Flickr