September 21, 2010
Giving up the digital world for Yom Kippur
We live in a hyperconnected world. I used to think my Mac was an appendage. Then I got an iPhone and learned what it is really like to be incessantly online.
It’s a common problem, and this Yom Kippur, Eric Yaverbaum and Mark DiMassimo, founders of Offlining Inc., asked fellow Jews to atone for their sins by unplugging from the digital world. This seems like a Jewish spin on Lent. Side note: I noticed a lot of Jewish friends on Facebook on Saturday.
Here is the Offlining story from the New York Observer:
Got to love that Offlining ad feature Mel Gibson. Just the guys Jews want to think of on the holiest day of the year.
Unfortunately this story is a bit too tongue in cheek to get any real discussion of religious observance in a world filled with digital noise.