Media Free Week

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Art, Teach

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:

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?


  1. Mike Subelsky
    September 27, 2010

    Hey Gin, these look great! We are going to be video’ing these so you will be able to post the video here. Also, out-of-towners can watch a live stream that we’ll be announcing tomorrow.

    -Mike Subelsky

  2. Gin
    September 27, 2010

    Thanks Mike! That’s great news!

  3. Andrew Hazlett
    September 28, 2010

    Really looking forward to your talk. I’m also really interested in ways of upgrading our information diets.

    Do you also abstain from books and writing during your fasts? Or do you just cut out electronic media?

  4. Gin
    September 28, 2010


    Those are really good questions. Historically, books and even the occasional movie (watched socially) is ok for me – in both cases because they are stories that have a definite ending, unlike something streaming. However, I am an avid reader, and I’m beginning to think I need to take a break from that, too! I’ll talk about this at Ignite a bit.

    Really, it’s about what is most distracting to YOU, what are the things that would be hard to give up, and tend to take away your attention, time, emotions, and thinking. So while I take a break from TV, the internet, radio, and print media, it might be texting and videogames for someone else.

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