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A local professor exposes some of our media madness with a four-day fast. No wonder we're having trouble with reality.

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Veeery interesting.
This is interesting! I really look forward to unplugging even more this Lent. I remember once in seminary I did a couple day media fast for a class. My roommate who was a non Christian decided to join me. It was the most amazing experience for both of us, an individuals and as friends. We ended the fast spending the whole day scrapbooking with each other, telling stories that there was never space to share because of the tv and radio. This is good and encouraging to read. I am looking forward to the peace of Lent
I have no idea what if anything is open to the community, but Seattle University used to have some outstanding reteat programs. This article brought that all back for me and I'm glad they're still bringing that ethos to students.

I haven't yet decided what I want my Lenten fast to look like, but I want it to have this quality of unplugging and reconnecting. It's cool to hear of your roommate doing that with you, because these kinds of disciplines are restorative to all of us, wherever we might be. I love when people look forward to Lent.
I ll look into it for the rest of the year. That sounds great!

Our parish has a lenten retreat, basically a weekly group study in the evenings. I will be walking through it. It will be interesting to see what comes out of Lent this year. I m excited! It's my favorite part of the church calendar.
Four measly days??

John would die.

Lisa and I lived together for almost an entire year without a television. We did, however, listen to music.
that's big. i have a lot of noise in my life, and i'm probably more unplugged (in some ways) than a lot of people. of course, what i lack in TV i make up for in INNERNETZ.
LOLersk8z!
It is encouraging for me that it's not just Christian thinking that realizes our addiction to media, and not just Christian thinking that realizes the benefits of simplicity. I do media fasts from time to time; once I'm over the initial anxiety, I love 'em!
Well, Seattle University is a Jesuit institution (I used to work there—this icon is from a chapel on campus), so the historic Christian faith is certainly part of their ethos. But you're totally right that it's not a uniquely Christian idea and the issue is garnering broader media attention (with the irony that entails).

It's a classic case of Christians being aware of the truth rather than holding something to be true because Christians believe it. It's a good humilty for us to have as truth-bearers and witnesses.