The Information Diet: A Case For Conscious Consumption

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The Information Diet: A Case For Conscious Consumption

by Clay A. Johnson

O'Reilly Media | January 21, 2012 | Paper over Board

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The modern human animal spends upwards of 11 hours out of every 24 in a state of constant consumption. Not eating, butgorgingon information ceaselessly spewed from the screens and speakers we hold dear. Just as we have grown morbidly obese on sugar, fat, and flour-so, too, have we become gluttons for texts, instant messages, emails, RSS feeds, downloads, videos, status updates, and tweets.

We''re all battling a storm of distractions, buffeted with notifications and tempted by tasty tidbits of information. And just as too much junk food can lead to obesity, too much junk information can lead to cluelessness.The Information Dietshows you how to thrive in this information glut-what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective. In the process, author Clay Johnson explains the role information has played throughout history, and why following his prescribed diet is essential for everyone who strives to be smart, productive, and sane.

InThe Information Diet, you will:

  • Discover why eminent scholars are worried about our state of attention and general intelligence
  • Examine how today's media-Big Info-give us exactly what we want: content that confirms our beliefs
  • Learn to take steps to develop data literacy, attention fitness, and a healthy sense of humor
  • Become engaged in the economics of information by learning how to reward good information providers
  • Just like a normal, healthy food diet,The Information Dietis not about consuming less-it's about finding a healthy balance that works for you

Format: Paper over Board

Dimensions: 160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 in

Published: January 21, 2012

Publisher: O'Reilly Media

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1449304680

ISBN - 13: 9781449304683

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The Information Diet: A Case For Conscious Consumption

by Clay A. Johnson

Format: Paper over Board

Dimensions: 160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 in

Published: January 21, 2012

Publisher: O'Reilly Media

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1449304680

ISBN - 13: 9781449304683

About the Book

How can readers cope with information overload? This insightful book makes a compelling case that information overload doesn't actually exist--the real problem is information overconsumption. "The Information Diet" provides a framework for consuming information in a healthy way, by showing readers what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective.

Table of Contents

Dedication Preface Part I: Introduction Chapter 1: Lessons from Obesity Chapter 2: Information, Power, and Survival Chapter 3: Big Info Chapter 4: We Are What We Seek Chapter 5: Welcome to Information Obesity Chapter 6: The Symptoms of Information Obesity Part II: The Information Diet Chapter 7: Data Literacy Chapter 8: Attention Fitness Chapter 9: A Healthy Sense of Humor Chapter 10: How to Consume Part III: Social Obesity Chapter 11: The Participation Gap A Special Note: Dear Programmer Further Reading

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The modern human animal spends upwards of 11 hours out of every 24 in a state of constant consumption. Not eating, butgorgingon information ceaselessly spewed from the screens and speakers we hold dear. Just as we have grown morbidly obese on sugar, fat, and flour-so, too, have we become gluttons for texts, instant messages, emails, RSS feeds, downloads, videos, status updates, and tweets.

We''re all battling a storm of distractions, buffeted with notifications and tempted by tasty tidbits of information. And just as too much junk food can lead to obesity, too much junk information can lead to cluelessness.The Information Dietshows you how to thrive in this information glut-what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective. In the process, author Clay Johnson explains the role information has played throughout history, and why following his prescribed diet is essential for everyone who strives to be smart, productive, and sane.

InThe Information Diet, you will:

  • Discover why eminent scholars are worried about our state of attention and general intelligence
  • Examine how today's media-Big Info-give us exactly what we want: content that confirms our beliefs
  • Learn to take steps to develop data literacy, attention fitness, and a healthy sense of humor
  • Become engaged in the economics of information by learning how to reward good information providers
  • Just like a normal, healthy food diet,The Information Dietis not about consuming less-it's about finding a healthy balance that works for you

About the Author

Clay Johnson is best known as the founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama''s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O''Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computer Week''s Fed 100 in 2010.

The range of Johnson''s experience with software development, politics, entrepreneurism, and working with non-profits gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what''s going on in their communities, their cities, and their governments.

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