Consider the Venue

As everyone’s been learning to use Zoom, I’ve been interested by how many times I’ve heard two comments. The first is how good it is — how easily and how closely it feels possible to approximate in-person meetings. The second is how many people are suddenly feeling eyestrain because of how much time they’re spending online.

What intrigues me in all this is how many uses we’re demanding of and devising for the same venue. Some weeks ago, most of us would have felt out of place hosting a dinner party in a conference room or a work meeting in a dining room. Now, Zoom is for both Friday night and Monday morning.

This requires some creativity and dexterity, and it makes me wonder what we’ll go “back” to on the other side.

Whatever it is, I hope it still includes dinner parties across multiple time zones.