What is Analog August?
Inspired by Michael Harris’s impassioned new work, The End of Absence, Analog August is a way to engineer solitude and quiet in a world that’s become addicted to constant connections.
It’s not anti-technology—it’s pro-people. We’re giving ourselves a trip to the brain spa in order to rediscover the quiet joys of solitary walks, face-to-face relations, and a good book.
Analog August is a nationwide challenge which asks participants to unplug (yes, on purpose) for a single August weekend of their choosing. It’s a way to engineer solitude and quiet in a world that’s become addicted to the rush of social pings and pokes.
Analog August participants who order a copy of The End of Absence can also claim a free Penguin Classic (only continental U.S. residents are eligible). You can choose from a list of five Penguin Classics. This offer expires on August 22, 2014. (The Analog August challenge has now ended. Thank you to all who participated; you’ll receive your Penguin Classic shortly!)
It’s a gift from us to you for your participation in Analog August.
How to unplug
Remember you’re going offline on purpose. You might feel stressed at first, but it’s all part of the process of your summer digital detox. Return to something akin to the technological circumstances from your childhood. Reclaim what we’ve lost in a world of constant connection with these recommendations:
• Alert all of your family members and close friends.
• Turn your Wi-Fi/4G off.
• Turn on an email out-of-office–and resist the urge to check it!
• Log out of all social media.
• Re-record your voicemail message (remember those?).
• No self-congratulatory Facebook status updates about going offline.
• No Instagram photos of your pets, babies, engagement rings, or desserts.
• No self-diagnosis of pneumonia or pink eye on Mayoclinic.org.
• Take off the weird bracelet that tracks your sleep patterns.
• No 36 texts to set up plans with a friend.
• Take a hike! Navigate with a paper map.
What was your Analog August like? Send us your story at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post our favorites.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com.