The Washington Times - April 22, 2009, 04:14PM

Look for this to become a trend. The New American Foundation is introducing 15-minute “BlackBerry breaks” into its conference and seminars.

The group’s executive vice president, Steve Clemons, said he wasn’t sure when he came up with the idea.


“Really don’t know where I got nudged on this — might have seen on an overseas conference,” he said in an e-mail. “But I sort of woke up a few days ago and thought it sounded fun.”

Hopefully conference attendees will understand that these breaks can still serve as bathroom breaks. They’re not exclusively for BlackBerry useage.

— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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