Twittering in the Dark: a Day of UnpluggingMarch 23rd, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized
The Sabbath Manifesto is “a creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.” Taking inspiration from the Jewish tradition of the Sabbath, which begins at sundown on a Friday and continues until dusk on Saturday, the Sabbath Manifesto, in collaboration with Causes.com, has organized a Day of Unplugging.
If you’re like me, and can’t think of the last time you had a thoughtful philosophical conversation with a friend—or a stranger—where both of you were sitting in the same room, even possibly making eye contact, you might consider joining the thousands of people so far who have pledged to go offline for 24 hours.
Think of it as a media colon cleansing: a day of information fasting to refresh and realign those parts of your brain you used to use to engage with the world around you; to experience the actual, instead of the virtual.
As for me, I’ll probably spend the day huddling in the dark corner behind my bed, shaking and sweaty, murmuring softly “tweet! tweet! tweet! google-google?” and waiting for the light to return. Either that or I’ll be following it on Twitter.