I've been media-fasting since 2002. I don't go to movies, I don't buy CDs of bands that I haven't heard play live, I don't watch English language TV shows. This is because I decided that I was wasting too much selfish time ingesting too much media in these formats. And I decided that the purpose of allowing information into my mind should be to connect with other, real people. People I know. I plan to write a blog post about this soon, involving some or all of the following ideas:

  • Jodi commenting that foreigners really like to go out and entertain themselves (she makes a lot of these generalizations, but I feel like this one has a firmer grounding in fact. Or at least, it hits me closer to home).

  • Melody teachers besides Jodi never do anything over the weekends. I ask them their plans, and it's always "I don't know" or just staying home with their boyfriend. Can we cast this in a positive light?

  • The media fast.

  • Learning a language (including your mother tongue) makes you vulnerable to outside influence. But learning a language is vital to your survival: a double-sided coin. Example: I am not yet penetrated by Chinese-language advertising like I am by English-language advertising.