The Future of Conversation

By: Brittany Leaning

People will always matter. Communication and conversation amongst people will always matter. Back in the 1600s, human beings were socializing, and they still are in the 21st century. This communication has just evolved with the changing trends and technology. Communication is now instant, though not as verbal as was expected. We rely immensely on writing today, and it does not seem that this will go away in the future. I am interested to develop thoughts and do research on the future trends of communication. What’s next?

Some of the sources I have found for this project are listed below:

  1. Engage by Brian Solis (, as I mentioned before, is all about participation on social media to help engage your customers and built loyalty and trust. Though this is a business book, I believe it will be a great resource to me in regards to the future of written communication online.
  2. The End of Business as Usual by Brian Solis ( “explores each layer of the complex consumer revolution that is changing the future of business, media, and culture. As consumers further connect with one another, a vast and efficient information network takes shape and begins to steer experiences, decisions, and markets. It is nothing short of disruptive,” according to his website.
  3. The Future of Conversation with Kevin Bradshaw and Alex Ali #13 ( I will most likely use this source as a place to go for ideas rather than a place to go for hard facts and data. Some interesting topics are brought up during this talk and I would like to explore them further.
  4. Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century by PBS ( is a PBS film that explores how exceptional educators are increasingly using digital media and interactive practices to ignite their students’ curiosity and ingenuity, help them become civically engaged, allow them to collaborate with peers worldwide, and empower them to direct their own learning.
  5. 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life In Our Times by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel ( is filled with vignettes, international examples, and classroom samples, introducing a framework for 21st Century learning that maps out the skills needed to survive and thrive in a complex and connected world.
  6. The Future of Writing was a design project commisioned by Microsoft Research Cambridge and the Microsoft Office team ( and explains how, “It’s clear that tools for reading and writing are evolving exponentially, with this year’s tweet replacing last year’s blog post. The danger here is that technology becomes the primary way through which authorship and consumption are defined.”
  7. Writing for Visual Thinkers: A Guide for Artists and Designers by Andrea Marks ( is designed to help people who think in pictures–a segment of learners that by some estimates includes almost 30 percent of the population–gain skills and confidence in their writing abilities. This text approaches the craft of writing from many directions, all with the ultimate goal of unblocking the reader’s verbal potential. These topics will be useful in understanding why we continue to use written communication in the 21st century when everyone thought we would solely be speaking verbally.
  8. The Future of Communication in the 21st Century by John Eger ( is a scholarly essay that explores how no previous telecommunications advance – not the telephone, the television, cable television, the VCR, the fax or even the cellular telephone is having more cultural and political impact on the global media landscape than the Internet. Isn’t it amazing how written communication has made a comeback?
  9. The Story So Far by Tim Brookes (;jsessionid=92F625D7819E5909592462F6AFC43DDB) is obviously a great resource for my chapter. It is explained as, “Twenty original, timely essays on publishing in the twenty-first century, written with insight and wit by the NPR essayist, author of twelve books, veteran of every avenue of publishing and founder of the Champlain College Publishing Initiative, probably the most radical publishing program in American higher education.”
  10. Lost in Translation: Importance of Effective Communication in Online Education by Kristin Betts ( is a literature review on the communication in online education and could be a great gateway into deeper issues with my generation hiding behind text and losing some of the more traditional communication methods. Since online education is mainly all written, I believe I could learn a lot from this literature review.

Each of these resources will be of help to me in one form or another. Though they each touch upon different aspects of written communication, I believe these differences will help me understand how to connect them all together.

1 comment for “The Future of Conversation

  1. Tim Brookes
    March 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Wow, this is a really far=reaching and thoughtful reading list. I can’t wait to see what you make of this subject. Two points of terminology you’re going to want to consider, though. You use the word “verbally” (which means “in words”) where I think you mean “orally” (which means, “in speech”). And when you use the word “conversation,” you’re going to want to make it really clear whether you’re talking exclusively about oral conversation or whether you’re using it to mean any kind of verbal intercourse. (Sorry, but that’s technically the right term!)

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