Raw, adjective: 2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture

Charming little article this morning from a NYT writer named Mark Bittman who decided to take what he deems a "secular Sabbath" once a week and unplug from everything: cell phone, PDA, laptop, all of it. I, of course, dig this approach; he describes the revelation of being unavailable and I think yes! yes! yes!. It's writers like Kalle Lasn and Bill McKibben who identify this kind of nonstop electronic stimulation as a pollution of the mental environment. So it makes sense to think about how to clear that polluted air and breathe a bit.

Seems to be a clever tangible approach to living more in the real world and less in the virtual one. Try it sometime. I'm sure it'll be weird as hell at first, but in time you might just join me in the blessedly cell-phone free "Ringer Off" camp.

I Need A Virtual Break. No, Really. (NYT)


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