Screen Free Week: A Break from Media


Being the procrastinator that I am, I am posting this event up a bit late…but better late than never!  The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) presents “Screen Free Week” from April 18th-24th.  Individuals are urged to turn off their media devices and explore the world around them.  It is a chance to be in touch with our creativity, environment, community, and spirit.

Media Education Foundation (MEF), one of my favorite resources, created a great video in support of this event.

The statistics are very eye opening and an important reminder of media’s influence on our lives.  The one that sunk in deep for me was:

“We spend about 40% of our time on the planet exposed to some type of media.”

A statistic such as this helps us to understand why media is so powerful.  From the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed, we depend on media outlets to exist in this world.  Groups such as MEF have been working hard to add a new voice to media.  One that turns the lens on what we are watching, and examines the impact of this information.  So take some time this week to be media-free.  Step out in the sun, breath in the fresh air, and sit in silence while admiring the world around you.  Take time to meditate, even if it’s just ten minutes, and visualize a life with less distraction.  I guarantee you will fee refreshed and alive, filled with new energy and calm.  Have a wonderful week!

M.I.A. Concert Tonight in Philly!

Just wanted to update all the M.I.A. fans out there that she will be performing at the Electric Factory tonight (Sunday, 9/26/10), at 8 pm.  Her protégé, Rye Rye, will be opening for her.  Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.  M.I.A. is known for her international beats, great stage presence, and deep rap lyrics.  Check out her music on her MySpace page to get a taste of this amazing artist.  Also check out this piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer about this upcoming concert and her tour thus far.


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An Emmy Reminder of Improvements in LGBTQ Equality

I hopped onto Feministing for my daily dose, and found this post of Jane Lynch’s Emmy acceptance speech.  She won for “Outstanding Performance as a Supporting Actress in a Comedy”, and definitely deserves it for her amazing acting.  Her acceptance speech was a reminder of her quick wit and comedic strengths.  It was also a reminder that in 2010, a lesbian woman can thank her partner without fear.  It wasn’t too long ago in history that one could not even be open about their sexuality if they were not straight.  But with time individuals revealed the truth about their sexual identity, started the fight for gay rights, and never looked back.  Because of all the little steps those before us have taken, we are able to be more open today.  People still face adversity due to their sexual orientation everyday, but the triumphs do have their ripple effect.  Mainstream media is a litmus test of what is considered acceptable in society.  And it’s heart-warming to know that a celebrity who is gay feels comfortable enough to thank her spouse on national TV.  It gives me hope that people will not judge others based on their sexual orientation and that the LGBTQ community will one day be equal members of society.  Celebrate this positive moment by enjoying the video and having a few laughs.  Go Jane Lynch – you rock!