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Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption

ISBN-10: 1449304680
ISBN-13: 9781449304683
Edition: 2012
Authors: Clay A. Johnson
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Description: According to Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt, we create more information every two days than we did throughout human history up to 2003. How can you cope with information overload? This insightful book makes a compelling case that information  More...

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/21/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

According to Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt, we create more information every two days than we did throughout human history up to 2003. How can you cope with information overload? This insightful book makes a compelling case that information overload doesn't actually exist—the real problem is information overconsumption.Just as junk food can lead to obesity, junk information can lead to a new form of ignorance. The Information Diet provides a framework for consuming information in a healthy way, by showing you 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 in today's information age.With this book, you’ll learn:The relationship between power, authority, and information since the dawn of the first major information-technology boomHow people react to information consumption, according to cognitive science and neuroscience findingsHow the new, information-abundant society is suffering consequencesWhat constitutes a healthy information diet and how you can get started

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.

Preface
Introduction
Lessons from Obesity
Information, Power, and Survival
Big Info
We Are What We Seek
Welcome to Information Obesity
The Symptoms of Information Obesity
The Information Diet
Data Literacy
Attention Fitness
A Healthy Sense of Humor
How to Consume
Social Obesity
The Participation Gap
A Special Note Dear Programmer
Further Reading

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