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“Turn off. Tune in. Chill Out.” — The Sabbath Manifesto

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

By Larry Smith

As I decompress from a tech conference—a dizzying few days of true Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook, blogging overload that I absolutely loved—I am especially looking forward to unplugging this weekend as a part of the “Sabbath Manifesto” (tagline: “Slowing down lives since 2010″). Sabbath Manifesto is sort of a “secular Sabbath,” a national day of unplugging from sundown, Friday, 3/19 to sundown, Saturday, 3/20. I don’t know a single person who couldn’t use a little unplugging in their life (with the possible exception of my dad who refuses to use a computer, and indeed may be the last person in America with a dictaphone), so I hope you’ll get on this bus and take a breather from the screens that suck up so much of our mental and physical energy.

Here are two short videos about this idea of why a “secular Sabbath” is both hard to achieve and so valuable for our sanity. The first one is from the organizers of the Sabbath Manifesto. The second is from filmmaker and Six-Word Memoirist Tiffany Shlain, who pays tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” with her take on chilling out, Yelp.

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One response

  1. ANDERS says:

    Once you get to this Sabbath Manifesto thing, Larry, please check in on FourSquare, so that I know how to find you. I will be very interested in seeing who is elected Mayor.

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