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Yelp! Allen Ginsburg's 'Howl' gets updated for a digital generation

By Melissa Bell

Our Internet-addled brains can all use what Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg call a "technology shabbat," a once-a-week break from the Web. "Sophocles once said, 'Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse,' and this couldn't be more true of technology," they write. To inspire us wired mortals, they wrote a poem based on Allen Ginsburg's "Howl." They beg us to, "Unplug! Unplug! Unplug! I'm with you in the compulsion to check inboxes, news feeds and Facebook. Unplug! I'm with you in the addiction and longing for focus! Unplug!"

It's rather brilliant and perfect for lunch break:

But only unplug for lunch! I'll meet you back here in a few.

By Melissa Bell  | September 20, 2010; 1:29 PM ET
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