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February 11, 2014 10:54 AM Subscribe
"For centuries, coffee was used as a conversation stimulant. But in the present-day U.S., it functions primarily as productivity booster."
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In London, in Prague, Paris, Cairo, coffeeshops were the place to gain information and to discuss it
have had their historical role as well, especially as a place where people from all walks of life could mingle and share ideas. "Crucially, these are also semi-public spaces that can deliver a measure of privacy, a place where it’s easy to congregate yet hard for authorities to monitor."
In America in the internet age, however, coffeeshops are where we work and bars are...well, not where we go to talk, anyway, if the decibel levels are any indication. Where then are we to foment our revolutions? Begin our art movements?
Or dissect our dolphins?Al Jazeera English producer and presenter Hassan Ibrahim
discusses the importance of the coffeeshop in Cairo's history, including its role in the Arab Spring.
(Previously, A History of London's Coffee Houses
on the Public Domain Review and uproar over attempts to limit free WiFi
in NYC coffeeshops.)