“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more!”

National Day Of Unplugging 2012: It’s Time To Recharge Your Spirit : From the Huffington Post on March 23:

Friday at sundown marks the third consecutive National Day of Unplugging. For an entire day you are invited (better yet — challenged) to liberate yourself from the vices that keep you all too connected with the virtual world and less available in the real one.

The National Day Of Unplugging allows us to connect with one another in a different way — off-screen: those who participate can feel part of a larger, connected sphere in knowing their peers are engaging themselves and their worlds in ways they often neglect.

…Swearing off technology doesn’t mean you’ll be sitting in the dark all day. Instead, you may actually be able to reach parts of your mind and soul that have been dark for a bit too long. Unplugging extends further than the physical function of switching off a monitor or powering-down a phone. It is a greater act that reminds us to disconnect from distractors and reconnect with ourselves — parts we often forget to tap into. Your unplugging will give you the time to recharge both your spirit and your soul.

I really can’t do it. I approve this “media sabbath”, but I really can’t do it. I did go so far as to not watch television tonight; that was no sacrifice because, as usual, there was nothing I wanted to watch.  But to make a solemn promise to myself to cut off all media connections for 24 hours... well, maybe I will work up to it.

The funny thing is, though, that one of the things I enjoy most about the three-day “quilt retreats” with my friends is that we are “unplugged”, at a beautiful country location, radio, television, newspapers and computers banished. We have to amuse ourselves and each other. And it is incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating.  Why can’t we do that without “going away”?

Relevant to this idea are three brief videos to share.  They are brilliant comments on the way we are tyrannized and manipulated by the media. Please watch them! (Just click on the underlined hyperlinks.)

The first is brand new, an advertising video from the British newspaper The Guardian. It takes a familiar children’s tale  and turns it on its head as a sensational news story.  Very interesting and thought-provoking.

(If the Hyperlink is broken again, Google Guardian + Three Little Pigs)

The second  and third are brief scenes from the powerful 1976  film  Network, probably even more relevant 35 years later. Including, of course,  “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more!”

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And let me know whether you are mad as hell, and not going to take it any more!

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One Response to “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more!”

  1. Curmudgeon Bludgeon says:

    Motley Dragon, how the hell am I supposed to unplug when you’ve got me running around chasing YouTube videos?

    Anyway, the three little pigs vid is interesting especially in light of the current Trayvon brouhaha, but the Guardian is kidding itself (and the rest of us along with it) if it thinks it’s not part of the problem itself. Which isn’t to say that it’s not a valuable source in its way; it’s just that it’s inevitably bound up in the system that it criticizes. Well boo hoo, we all are. The key is to keep a skeptical eye on ALL sources, and sample widely–even, or especially, where you’re most likely to disagree. But then, that leaves you sitting at your desk reading internet articles all day, dunnit.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    Mad as hell?

    Dee, Jay Jay, take it away . . .

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