The new Smoky Drinky WordPress blog that I (Frank Davis) am launching today (12 June 2017) has a number of separate aims:
- To recreate online, as best as possible, the pub environment where people smoked and drank and talked, and in so doing subvert the process of “denormalising” smoking.
- To begin to create a new online pub community where smokers can meet up on Skype or Facebook for online chats, discussions, or debates.
- To produce and publish on YouTube or Vimeo or wherever a number of videos of people drinking and smoking and talking, so that not only other smokers can see and hear them, but also non-smokers can see and hear them too.
A simple graphic might explain these stages, firstly of people talking to each other, and then forming a community, and finally getting their voices heard by outsiders:
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