14 April 2009


I have been thinking lately about communications technology. I think that it has fundamentally changed how we communicate with other people.
Is it more efficient? Certainly.
Is it faster? Yes, of course.
Does it provide more quality in our communications? No.

Bottom line: Is it better? I don't know.

I've decided. I'm taking it back.
I'm going to stop it all.

For a week I won't communicate with anyone electronically.
I'll turn off my phone. I won't post on my blog. I won't read blogs.
I realize that it may have to happen at work, but that cant' be helped.

This absolutely does not mean I want to be a shut-in. I like talking to people. I enjoy communication. So, please, that week, swing by where I work. I'll buy you a cup of coffee, my door will be open. Stop by my house. I'll show you what I've put in my garden and give you a beer. If you live too far away, send me a letter. I'll send you one back.
I would like very much to have an actual conversation. With you. Really, if you read my blog, take this seriously. Stop by. Or let me know, maybe I'll come calling at your house.

It will be April 26-May 2. I am going to tell my friends and family who don't read my blog.
I would encourage you all to do the same.


Heaumer001 said...

I didn't mention in the post, but if you read here, feel free to email me (before the 26th) and I'll send you my address &c. Just in case you don't have such things.

Robyn M. said...

As someone who is still abstaining from cell phones for some similar reasons, this is a project I can really get behind. Unfortunately, I can't really get behind it *that week*, as I've already sworn to my students that I will check my university email every night until after finals in case they have any questions. Now, AFTER that... we'll see.