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  • Title: The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption
  • Author: Clay A. Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781449304683
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 uThe 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 intelligenceExamine how today s media Big Info give us exactly what we want content that confirms our beliefsLearn to take steps to develop data literacy, attention fitness, and a healthy sense of humorBecome engaged in the economics of information by learning how to reward good information providersJust 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
    The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption The modern human animal spends upwards of hours out of every in a state of constant consumption Not eating but gorging on information ceaselessly spewed from the screens and speakers we hold de

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    1. I m giving this three stars because there are a few people I can think of that should read this for the distinction he makes between good information and junk information And for his theory about our tendency to over consume information and all things Internet just like we tend to over consume junk food It s not getting stars because it s really a great long form essay that s been padded out to a slim book Ironically, this book would have been better if it had gone on a diet

    2. I m sad to see so many people here quibbling over the food obesity analogy Here s what I think of the analogy it doesn t matter Yeah, it doesn t work in some ways, but who cares Most metaphors don t The issue raised by this book is the most important issue facing America today I m not prone to hyperbole, I really believe that I m giving this book 4 stars despite the following 1 The book contains a surprising number of grammatical errors.2 The entire prescription section is weak i.e the second ha [...]

    3. Sundown on Friday, March 23 marks the beginning of the third annual Day to Disconnect, when people are urged to turn off their electronic devices and connect with the world around them Started by a Jewish group called Reboot, the group recommends that the following principles be followed Avoid technology Connect with loved ones Nurture your health Get outside Avoid commerce Light candles Drink wine Eat bread Find silence Give back.I would also add take action to be a concious consumer of techno [...]

    4. This is a skinny fat volume of pop neurology Or, no, wait it s a series of short paragraphs from a time management seminar in 2007 Wait, no It s a pat paen to openness in government sorta and citizen activism of a sort Hmm, well Truth to tell, it s best to think of this book as three long essays, none of which have virtually anything to do with one another, all three of which are significantly longer than they ought to be, and most of which are pockmarked with poor writing and outright misstatem [...]

    5. Information you re doing it wrong.Clay Johnson s book is about the information you take in, and the effects it has on you and society Using the analogy of food and nutrition, he argues that the data we are consuming is the equivalent of processed food, full of fats, salt, sugar, and all other sorts of nasties.His ire falls on the multitude of websites pushing bite sized snippets of junk out into the world, the headlines that enrage than enlighten, the link bait trash that we seem powerless not [...]

    6. Book Review Assignment The Information DietIntroduction John Clay, an author, activist, and a former Washington insider, wrote, the Information Diet, a book that he wants to persuade his readers on how we must consume and process information in the wake of the 21st century John addresses the transformation that has happened to the information cycle, and the necessity to shift along with, in order to avoid many possible negative consequences John hopes to achieve this, through the use of an epide [...]

    7. A call to action for better information habits combined with a recommended information diet.Moderation, moderation, moderation the key to everything, it seems, yet so easy to forget when you have to check your tweets and Facebook and Pinterest and have three or four digit numbers in your RSS unread folder only to loop through it again and again, in between personal e mails and work e mails and television shows between Netflix movies Johnson s political perspective provided an interesting focal p [...]

    8. I must say the book has a monotonous descending slope The first part, based in the parallels between the food industry and the information industry, equated by mass production farming, huge disconnection between sources and markets, and an unbalanced trade off between nutritiousness and sinful pleasures, makes a compelling case.However, from that first, well argumented point of view, it seems quite likely that the author didn t spend the same time with the other parts of the book, and that he tw [...]

    9. I m giving it two stars just because there is a section on content farms that is interesting Otherwise, a book badly in need of editing Sections were obviously taken from blog posts and meshed together, badly The author s main metaphor our relationship with information is like our relationship with food So, just like how we eat empty processed calories, we consume information that already affirms what we believe, and or from content farms that are mostly interested in selling advertisements, etc [...]

    10. I wish I didn t waste my time reading this book It is heavly focused on politics and has little benifit to the reader The only chapter really well done was the one about content farms.Do yourself a favour and skip this one I would just look at the list of helpful tools from the blog resourcesformationdiet

    11. I watched Better Activism livestream organized by Clay Johnson the other day and found him very intelligent and thoughtful So despite my reservations regarding the moralistic sound of the title, I decided to at least read the Kindle sample.Full disclosure I have read only the sample, and I will not be reading I think his core idea that information is not necessarily better information, and that we should be conscious of the information we consume is sound, but the metaphor he uses to get that [...]

    12. Book ReviewBy Nicole BoyerThe Information Diet A Case for Conscious ConsumptionThe Information Diet is a book that correlates obesity with having a balance of over consumption of information and how to distinguish and maintain a balance This book is gearing towards an audience that has the ability to identify an issue and is willing to adapt and make changes easily in order to be effective It provides great insight on how to make small goals to achieve a well balance information diet The author [...]

    13. The Information Diet is a strong analysis of the problems with our information consumption that falters as it seeks to find a solution The book is built around a central metaphor our problems with information are like our problems with obesity in that, like with food, it s not a matter of consuming too much but a matter of consuming too much that is low quality, nutritionally empty, but cheap and tasty In this case, this information equivalent of junk food is fear mongering and affirmation that [...]

    14. This book is worth reading I appreciated that it was short, which is rare in nonfiction.The premise of the book is basically this Consume deliberately Take information over affirmation You may not agree with this author on every point He is after all, a liberal democrat Gasp I like that he openly admits his biases I especially enjoyed his personal stories His delusion while working on the Dean campaign his word, not mine His surprise friendship with Carl Rove, who for most liberals is the devil [...]

    15. Watch what you put in your mind, just as you watch what you put in your mouth Be deliberate, lest you waste your life and accidentally become stupid Look to modern thinking on food to guide how you consume information That s Clay s thesis in a nutshell, and most of the book is a component by component elaboration on the food information metaphor, culminating in Clay s advice on how to be a discriminating thoughtful and measured information consumer He says things I agree with, yet I have reserva [...]

    16. A quick, thought provoking read that left me wanting But as Johnson points out, we re dealing with a new phenomenon so the ways forward from here haven t all been discovered yet We often speak about information overload , but since the invention of the printing press hundreds of years ago there has always been information available than one person could consume in a lifetime Johnson suggests that information obesity is a better metaphor for what we face today junk factoids pushed onto us by ma [...]

    17. New Year s Resolution for 2013 stay healthy regarding your information consumption Study and practice The Information Dietby Clay Johnson Johnson helps you to make choices to avoid information overconsumption His first claim information overload doesn t exist, just as food overload is nonexistent It s the amount and important quality that you consume, that makes or breaks your mental health The author digs this metaphor over and over again and shares good practices for better information consum [...]

    18. When I began rationing and rationalizing my internet usage because I was spending too much time on the Internet I realized this was fundamentally about how I process information email, Facebook, and link hoppingJ says to treat your information like food In Part One he makes the argument of comparing information to food and why we enjoy consuming so much of both My favorite part was that consuming the same junk information will strengthen our reality dysmorphia, a cognitive version of body dysmor [...]

    19. Whether you spend time online or offline, we are getting hit with a ton of information each and every day How we deal with that information is fundamental to our lives what we choose take in can strongly impact our way we see the world Johnson s book is a meaty read, and might be tough to digest for some people But it s a healthy one as well.I can t think of many books that are important to check out, no matter the time of year While a nutritional lifestyle change is often fodder for many resol [...]

    20. This was basically a regurgitation of The Filter Bubble and The Shallows, both of which were superior books While there were some good sources for information, the primary message was not so much one of how to deal with information overload or information obesity as the author calls it as one of how to be better informed so you can be a better citizen and be involved in politics That s not necessarily a bad thing, but that s not why I picked this book Overall, the book was scattered, as if the [...]

    21. This book helped me realize that I m a dopamine fiend That is, my getting stuck in those facebook gmail text loops is me waiting for another notification, which feels good to get The author suggests setting aside certain times of day to check email, which I should really do The author did bring in his own political opinions, which I didn t care to know, but the rest the book is concise enough.

    22. The best section in the book is when he says we don t suffer from information overload rather it s information consumption We make choices, which is why I m not available 24 7 I simply don t want to be connected all the time.

    23. Un ottima idea di fondo, realizzazione mediocre A volte dati i capitoli molto brevi pare di leggere una cosa poco strutturata e pi flusso di pensieri.

    24. I loved this book As an information professional I can completely understand his argument philosophy.And, come on, he quotes Michael Pollan How can you not like that

    25. One never says that a lung cancer victim dies of cigarette overload Why, then, do we blame the information for our ills Clay Johnson is the latest of his class to take a few steps back and ask himself, wait a minute, why wan t I able to revolutionize the world in just ten years thanks to my mastery of the Internet From 2000 2007 we suffered from a scarcity of access to knowledge and information In 2004 veteran business journalist Dan Gillmor published We the Media to celebrate a new phenomenon, [...]

    26. I wanted to like this one I starts out strong, and it s hard to disagree with the points drawn between too much bad food and too much bad information But it sort of gets lazy as the book progresses, as it turns into preaching like it s straight out of some TED talk.The analogy gets lazily stretched at times mass food production and mass information production do have parallels, but they are not 100% analogous then again, nothing is, by the very definition of what an analogy is.You know things a [...]

    27. In a world where information producing is a zero cost few clicks away procedure, knowing what our brains are consuming is essential to keep it healthy and focused on what matters.Although it focuses on applying information diet to politics which is annoying, limiting the scope of this topic, and lengthening the book , the reader can develop his her own framework benefiting from the insights the book provides.

    28. While not a terribly entertaining read, the subject is very important You will learn how reporting the facts is not nearly as profitable as reporting to confirm readers biases The analogies between eating a poor diet and consuming a poor diet of information is very enlightening As with food in the grocery store, you want to limit how much information you consume that has been processed too much Try to stay close to the source Cook it yourself.

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