Bookstore Unplugged

February 16, 2010 | 2

Apropos of our recent essay by a student hiding out in a bookstore with spotty Wi-Fi to avoid reading online, The Rumpus interviewed a bookstore and coffeeshop owner who has taken the bold step of making his establishment a WiFi-free zone. “I’ve observed and been told many times about how the availability of Wi-Fi creates a space where people are wrapped up in their own, solitary world and not interacting with each other.”

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  1. My favourite local coffee shop has done this, and it’s one of the busiest, most vibrant businesses in the neighbourhood.

    Despite it being so busy, you can also actually get a table, because you find more people are actually there for coffee and scones, rather than to annex a table meant for four as their office away from the office.

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