Bill Powers, a longtime Washington Post writer, National Journal media columnist and freelance magazine writer, knew he wanted to try something new when he moved his family to Cape Cod, away from the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C. But he found amidst the idyllic setting that a “traffic jam of the mind” was still possible and that the “hyper-connected” state he found himself in was in large part caused by his reliance on tech devices and “screens.”
This type of “nomophobia” (yes, there’s even a term for it) led him to think — and act — on how it would be to limit digital devices in both space and time. Powers’ book, “Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age,” looks to what Powers calls the “best place to find sanity”: the past. The book was published this summer.
Powers sat down on the Cape recently to talk with Jeffrey Brown about what he’s learned:
Here’s more of Jeff’s conversation with Powers: