Me, Unplugged

News & Politics

I spent three full days away from the computer this weekend -- the longest stretch in a long time. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I didn't look at any screens at all. No television, either.

Instead, I listened to Jon Stewart's America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction -- a greatly entertaining audiobook for a long car trip. Stewart himself narrates (he starts the intro with, "Welcome, non-readers") with occasional help by his fellow Daily Show gang. One would think the audiotape wouldn't be as good as the book, with its amusing graphics, including a board game which follows a presidential term (one of the pointers reads, "Optimistic press release on economy ineffective. Spin again"). But one would be wrong.

It's nice being read to once in awhile, and to have the freedom to form your own images in your head instead of being fed them from a screen. Have you tried it lately?

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