The Information Diet

The Information Diet

A Case for Conscious Consumption

Book - 2012
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Argues that too much information can lead to cluelessness; explains the role information has played throughout history; and shows readers what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective.

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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, but gorging on 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 Diet shows 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.

In The 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 Diet is not about consuming less—it’s about finding a healthy balance that works for you


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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, but gorging on 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." --

    Publisher: Farnham : O'Reilly, c2012
    ISBN: 9781449304683
    Branch Call Number: 028.7 JOH
    Characteristics: ix, 150 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.

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    JudithE
    Oct 20, 2012

    A useful perspective. Too much American political content for me, but, aside from that irritant, helpfully thought-provoking. And it has changed how I see ads and suggested content on web sites I visit!

    Here's another irritant: He uses urls as references to points he makes, and some of them are 5 lines long! Not only will no one retype them carefully into a computer from a printed book, but they can and do change frequently.

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    SusanWilbanks
    Jun 17, 2012

    Johnson makes a generally convincing analogy between food overabundance leading to obesity and information overabundance making our insular, polarized political climate worse (because whatever you believe, there's no shortage of information out there to confirm it regardless of whether it's actually TRUE).

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    CharB
    Mar 29, 2012

    Given our current flood of information, it is a timely read. How can we have a healthy democracy if citizens are not discerning consumers of media? The comparison to the food industry and our declining health is very effective. The book brings a new awareness to our data rich world.

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