Friday, February 12, 2010

E-media fast

I am currently reading a book called, Amusing ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman. His central thesis is that all forms of public discourse (politics, religion, education) have become a form of show business. At the start of the book he has his students go on a 24 hour electronic fast and write about their experience. So, for a 24 hour period I will take no calls, no computer, no car, no radio or television, no movies, no Internet etc. I will not use anything that has an electronic outlet and I will walk or ride my skateboard. The great news is that I can still surf and read! Isn't it ironic that I am blogging about an e-fast? So the fast will start this Saturday morning, February 12 and I will let you know how it goes.