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Pledge “nomedia”

"I will boycott all media for two weeks. Consume no television, Internet, radio, movies, newspapers or magazines. but only if 10 other people will do the same."

— Graham Woods

Deadline to sign up by: 21st June 2006
25 people signed up (15 over target)

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In an effort to quiet our minds and sweep away the accumulated debris and detritus left there by the constant exposure to media of one kind or another. I want us to experience life first-hand for a couple of weeks, rather than through the various filters we've become accustomed to using.

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  • Wonderful....Just what we need, less media. Can we do it for government too?
    Emms, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Hello, I was ready to jump in and commit to this boycott, when I wondered if I could read my email at work. Unfortunately, we use this a lot. I would like a specific reason to stop watching tv, listening to radio, reading magazines....blahblahblah....please let me know if work related email is ok.
    Michele C,, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • work emails fine! you've got to work to eat..wouldn't want to get in the way of that.
    GRAHAM WOODS, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Big thanks to Rob Brezsny for publicising this pledge on his newsletter. The idea for the media boycott actually came from his book The Televisionary Oracle. Read it, if you haven't already.
    His website is
    GRAHAM WOODS, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I am using FLICKR as a repository for any artwork that's created during the nomedia fortnight.
    I would also love to see photographs of you doing something useful/pointless with your new found free time.
  • I am happy to do this but I want to change the date - it needs to be the last week in august and the first in sept. I am on holliday then, I'm a web developer so it's impossible otherwise. Also, does standing in a field, messed up on the Isle of White listening to bands play at Bestival count as consuming media? I guess it kinda does...
    wayneo-i wish i had 2 weeks to do this, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • hey wayneo.
    thanks for the support. really appreciate it.
    i want to us stick to these dates for a number of reasons. but i will be repeating this pledge in the not too distant future.
    it'd be great to have you on board next time.
  • Does this include listening to ipod/mp3 player/record collection? obviously you wouldn't be able to listen to podcasts, but how far does the definition of 'media' go?
    musicisgood, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Wow, avoiding any media at all is going to be tough. I can see it working if you're out in the wilderness camping for 2 weeks. Where are you going to stay?
  • Just go to some really strict camp for a few weeks that should be easy, but doing that in general life would be so difficult unless you are planning to be like one of those Buddhist monks.
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Graham Woods, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Kelly D. Williams
  • Austin Plunkett
  • Amy Martin
  • Leigh Soames
  • Emms
  • chasbaudelaire
  • Quentin
  • Terra Page Paddock
  • elizabeth torres
  • Francesca W
  • Kassandra
  • Tim Lemieux
  • Kathleen
  • P D
  • Terri Dierking Clay
  • Mare Odomo
  • Yehoshua Muthig
  • L. Surmeier
  • nick alexander
  • wayneo-i wish i had 2 weeks to do this
  • Asek
  • chris flugmacher
  • petya savova
  • Julie Sadler
  • Danny Buskirk

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