Who's Zoomin? Who?

As we get used to a world full of zoom calls and distant collaboration, Patrick Burgoyne speculates about the longer-term changes that could result from the suspension

In addition to hand-drawn rainbows and empty streets, the zoom window has become a permanent picture of the closure. Advertising for banks, supermarkets and other companies that want to assure us that they will “stay there for us” in these unprecedented times has used the aesthetics of the Zoom call liberally and reflected the working reality for so many of us.

The fascinating question now is how what we learned in this time of crisis will have a long-term impact: How much of our new life, which was developed in extremes, will remain? And will this crisis lead us to new ways to come together as a community to think, do, debate, learn and connect?

This will not be one of those articles where "everything has changed forever" because it is not and it is not. As I wrote this, we had just over two months to yell at each other from our kitchen. Two months. We have learned that days with successive zoom calls are difficult. There is a big difference whether you can endure this as a temporary solution or commit to it permanently. We know we can work this way now, but we also know that we probably don't want to do it all the time.


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