Monthly Archives: November 2010

Why I love talking to strangers

Why I love talking to strangers

I often think of journalists as people who just never got a good enough social education in childhood. I remember my parents saying things like “if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all” and “don’t talk to strangers.” It’s just that none of it ever sunk in, and I picked a career that happened to involve both.

So yeah, talking to strangers is a hobby for me. I’m hoping to make a career out of it. But for video I’ve found it does work best in a two-man team. I’m not sure this demonstrates any improvement, but here’s one I did with my journalism doppelganger and friend Alisha Green and the one that prompted this post, which I completed with The Big Green’s Katie Dalebout today.

I’m not sure there’s any marked improvement, but I’m a lot more comfortable than I was a few years ago. Because all of these people are strangers, I learned the most from their stories.

(note: the question here was what foreign policy issues students would like to see addressed at the 2008 presidential debate.)