Cellphone Deadspot on I-95 : Getting Unplugged On Purpose


There is a very annoying cellphone dead spot between Stamford and Bridgeport CT, on the I-95 highway / Amtrak railway corridor, right by a small coastal town. This little breach in an otherwise frictioness web of connectivity is probably a result of some recalcitrant NIMBYs who earn and spend their income with Big Business but cling to the romantic notion of bucolic New England townie life (either that or Verizon dropped the ball… can you hear me now?  nah, it’s probably the NIMBYs).

Trantor -- cf, The BorgIn his famous — and famously misnamed — Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov imagined distant future on a planet in the Galactic Center called Trantor, which was completely paved over and wrapped in steel. As a highly mobile resident worker of the BosWash megalopolis, I appreciate the desire to create havens of dis-connection within the Net (see Bruce Sterling’s Islands In The Net, a more recent and less allegorical sci-fi classic). This concept can be applied to both space as well as time, e.g., setting aside conservation areas for no development in space, or observing a sabbath in time. 

The setting aside of substantial conservation land has become common practice in many parts of the globe — though it lags in some notable areas, like Eastern China. The notion of (temporarily or permanently) isolating oneself from the Net has some growing popularity in specific circles, but the overall trend is an increase in connectivity.  

A classic challenge arises when a refuge from the Net is situated in a place that is frequently traversed by those who want to stay connected.  Whatever the name of that town in Connecticut is, you’d think the folks there would realize that they’re absorbing enough air, earth and noise pollution from millions of cars and thousands of trains that a few brain-enhancing cellphone microwave towers ain’t gonna kill ’em.  (Then again, the folks in Somerville, Texas might disagree.)

What’s your strategy for “unplugging” yourself? (And do you mandate it for your entire household / neighborhood?)

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Posted on April 28, 2008, in Green Style. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. isolation from the net doesn’t need to be physical.

    typical western concept… to look for inner peace while looking for an outside fix instead of an inside fix.

    turn ur damn cell phone off if u wanna be off the NET!!1

  2. Seeking inner sanctuary is the way to go, and it helps to have physical surroundings to facilitate that… hence the concept of a monastery…. though you will come across a Zen monk in a city every once in a while.

    Perhaps that cellphone break in Connecticut (“I Cut the Connection?”) is a gift in disguise. As the train whizzes through the 3 minute “hole,” cellphone user will be reminded to take a quick, fast-food-style, meditation break… 😉

  3. “Monk in City” scene from Baraka (1991): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baKav_qlVT8

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