"The Cafe Phenomenon" refers to a situation, specifically in a cafe, where you are sitting with a friend and engaging in conversation with them, but you suddenly find yourself unable to listen because the background noise of the cafe distracts you from what they are saying (the background noise could be anything: the gossip at the next table for example). It happens that, from time to time, the background noise is stronger and more defined in certain contexts than our personal and private conversations. Our blog, made up of a group of friends from Concordia's journalism program, can serve as the background noise - penetrating the intimate discussions of our virtual cafe dwellers (hopefully adding insight, relevant coverage, and interesting ideas). Or it can be the friend with whom you are deep in conversation. This, our dear readers, we leave to you.