Almost immediately, the press invoked George Orwell to characterize the drama unfolding around Edward Snowden's revelation of the NSA's digitally omniscient domestic surveillance program. It should have been Aldous Huxley.
Bucking the trend of technology that allows people to tell everyone that they've checked into their local restaurant, café or bar, the creators of the National Day of Unplugging have developed a smartphone app that helps users "check out".
Something insidious has happened. The same device most of us use to get our primary work accomplished is also now the repository of 1,000 distractions and every imaginable source of immediate gratification.