Reminder: deactivation date is Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Right now there are roughly 30-40 people who have pledged either verbally or by email. If you are one of the people who has verbally pledged, please send an email so that I can get an accurate count.
Thanks for all of the positive feedback so far! We've generated a lot of discussion already, but we still have a lot of work to get more people involved. So, if you've sent a pledge, thank you! But your job is not done... now you should spread the word and encourage all of your friends to join the experiment.
If you are hesitant to deactivate, for whatever reason, we strongly encourage you to try it out. It's only for one month and this is a really great opportunity to explore very current and important issues.
If you need some more encouragement, here are two articles that greatly inspired this project: one by Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections, and one by Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth.