For the past seven years my husband and I have been taking a media fast the first full week of the month. While it’s a personal choice to interrupt our patterns of media consumption, and to get some space to recharge and reconnect with our lives, we have found that many people are really interested in this idea. Because of that, I decided to start talking about Media Free Week in some new ways.
I’m sharing our story, and how you too can take a media fast, on Thursday September 30th, at Ignite Baltimore. I’m so excited to be part of this amazing event – check out the lineup and you’ll see what I mean! It’s bound to be a night of great stories and ideas.
**ETA – You can watch the show LIVE here: http://www.livestream.com/ignitebmore
The best part for me has been hand-drawing the slide presentation. Since it’s about taking a break from media, I wanted my images to be as low-tech as possible. I’ve enjoyed getting back to pencil, ink, and paper. I’m hoping to take these images further after the event, and create a ‘zine about Media Free Week, too.
In the past this event has been videotaped, so I can hopefully share this with out-of-towners. In the meantime, I’d love to know if you have ever taken a media fast, and if so, what you gained from it?