Call centre scripts, or dinner party conversation, any difference?

Tuesday, 19 April, 2011

Alain de Botton: if many of the conversations we have – particularly in social situations where we’re meeting people for the first time – are effectively the rehashing of questions and one-liners that are used constantly, isn’t it time we dared to differ, and introduced topics that are genuinely of interest of us, to the discourse?

And yet I hope I am not the odd one out in suggesting that the great majority of conversations we have are rather stale – and that it generally remains a mystery how, every now and then, they become more worthwhile; that is, more fun than reading a book or a magazine. Finding oneself in a good conversation is rather like stumbling on a beautiful square in a foreign city at night – and then never knowing how to get back there in daytime.

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