Welcome to the 52nd episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week we have a special edition of the podcast dedicated to unplugging and taking breaks from media and technology. We are immersed in a world of technology, with smartphones at our fingertips, texts and status updates waiting for us at all times, and work that’s increasingly difficult to leave behind. As part of this week’s Unplug 2012 special report, this podcast includes an in-depth discussion on ways to unplug and detox.
Our special guests are William Powers, author of the book “Hamlet’s Blackberry”; Tanya Schevitz, communications manager for Reboot; and Levi Felix, who runs the Digital Detox retreat. They have various strategies for achieving balance with hectic work schedules and taking breaks and enjoying life. Tanya also helps run the National Day of Unplugging in March.
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Here are some highlighted topics from the show:
0:30: Mark is off to get a kidney transplant
1:10: Rafat is working on getting angel funding for his new startup
4:00: Rafat: A blog is a beast you always need to feed, plus there’s social media
6:00: How Mark will disconnect post-transplant
Unplugging from media and technology
7:30: Special guests William Powers, Tanya Schevitz, Levi Felix
10:20: Powers spending more time with technology because of the book, ironically
13:10: Schevitz: Sabbath Manifesto is about taking breaks from technology
16:15: Felix: Are we archiving our lives for ourselves or for other people?
19:00: Felix: That weird sensation when you feel a vibrating cell phone that’s not there
21:10: Schevitz ran a party at SXSW where everyone put their phones in sleeping bags
24:10: Has tech etiquette improved at all?
27:00: Powers: There are plenty of historical precedents of people feeling overwhelmed by tech
31:10: Felix: Great value in taking time each day to reflect
Hamlet’s Blackberry at Amazon
Why We Need a Technology Sabbath at MediaShift by Tanya Schevitz
Special Series: Unplug 2012 at MediaShift
LeaveYourPhoneBehind.com from Rafat Ali
Remember the Sabbath? at the Guardian
Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about how often you unplug from technology:
Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+