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with author & journalist Seamas O'Reilly

We sat down with Seamas O’Reilly, journalist, author and comedian, who rose to fame after sending in excess of 80 fake love letters into the Metro’s Rush Hour Crush page.

Seamas has explored the role of technology in the modern world in many interesting ways, including a recent social experiment where he responded to all email communication using only smart replies for a whole week.

Giving his insight into the topic, he said:

“The biggest change technology has brought about is the demise of our attention span, but in terms of conversation itself, I think it is actually enriched by technology. If you were only talking to people you met, say, in a pub, I don’t think you’d have the sheer range of conversations as you can thank to technology. Only this morning I had a conversation with someone as far away as Ghana! So, I think technology only enriches and adds to a conversation.”

Our very own Angela Lewis, Villa Maria brand ambassador added; “Since Villa Maria began, the advancement in technology has been staggering, and it has altered many aspects of how we operate. However, face to face conversations has shaped our journey, from discussions between our founder Sir George Fistonich and friends across a vineyard to being one of the most successful family-owned wineries in the world, using technology to communicate globally.

By bringing our Villa Maria Talks events to the UK, we are aiming to put the spotlight on technology, while showing how face to face conversation over a glass of wine really is invaluable too.”

Watch the interview here

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