Wesleyan, Unplugged in Middletown

Forty minutes ago:

  • Usdan Tabler:Hey! You! Want to sign up to unplug on February twelfth and go a whole day without your computer and—”
  • Me: [shakes head. sad smile.]
  • Usdan Tabler: “Oh. Yeah. Huh. I guess you can’t. You’re, like, a blogger.”

Look: just because I’m not participating in this horrifying madness of “real human interaction” and “appreciation of the world around us” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. In fact, all these excellent people are doing it (see: video below)! And there will be an opening ceremony in Usdan at 6:00 on Friday. Peer pressure peer pressure peer pressure peer pressure:

The cause will be tabling everyday at Usdan lunch. Here’s the pitch:

This Friday evening, the 11th, through Saturday, the 12th, we’re trying something new. How many kids do you see on their iPhones or laptops right this second? Are we addicted to texting and Facebook? We’re trying to get the whole campus to try a day without cell phones and computers in an effort to spawn real human interaction and an appreciation of the world around us.

Usdan tabling at lunch and dinner every day this week.

The first 90 people to donate to Oddfellows Playhouse at the Wesleyan Unplugging Usdan table will get a voucher for a t-shirt at the opening ceremony. This is where everyone shuts off their cell phones and will be held in the middle of Usdan at 6 PM this Friday, the 11th.

Opening Ceremony:

  • Date: Friday, February 11
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Place: Usdan
  • Cost: You have to, like, turn off your cell phone or something . . .

10 thoughts on “Wesleyan, Unplugged in Middletown

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  2. Ayn Rand

    And once these Luddites get their “real human interaction”, they’ll be reminded why they ensconce themselves behind their laptops and scuttle back them like a junkie getting a fix.

  3. Ayn Rand

    And once these Luddites get their “real human interaction”, they’ll be reminded why they ensconce themselves behind their laptops and scuttle back them like a junkie getting a fix.

  4. Anon

    additionally, i’d like to think i speak for more than just myself in requesting that wesleying employ fewer tired memes as accompanying images to posts.

    1. Zach

      Dear Ayn Rand:

      I’ll grant this favor if you grant me one in return (seriously). Contact me at zschonfeld@wes for more information, or provide an email where I can reach you—you can preserve your anonymity and use whatever email account you’d like.

      Thanks!

    2. Zach

      Dear Ayn Rand:

      I’ll grant this favor if you grant me one in return (seriously). Contact me at zschonfeld@wes for more information, or provide an email where I can reach you—you can preserve your anonymity and use whatever email account you’d like.

      Thanks!

  5. Anon

    how much time was spent in front of a screen editing this video? also, when did we become wesleyan lower school?

    1. unplugged

      Don’t worry, we’re aware of the irony that it takes technology to get the word out about a tech-free day. We’re not saying there’s no value to technology, just that we have to be aware of how large a role it plays in our lives.

      1. Hal

        and the irony that you cannot actually unplug as you intend? technophobic fear mongering! SINGULARITY AHHHHH!

        1. Earnest Hemingway

          Believe me I’m really not worried. But I am worried that Wesleying will not grant me the interview I deserve! Ayn Rand has shit on me*.

          *This sentence is not to be read literally. Never has Ayn Rand dedicated on me*.

          **To the best of my knowledge. I do not know who Ayn Rand is. Nor, as a “pot addict” can I say definitely that I have never been deficated on. Hey, it might have happened!

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