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The Information Diet

A Case for Conscious Consumption

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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.


On Feb 28 Kazuya Sakakihara wrote: Good read, but a bit inclined towards politics
I came to know this book when I was feeling almost clueless about my bad habit of checking Google Reader incessantly and indulging in Hacker News, where I found a mention to the book in a post about kind of Get Things Done if I remember correctly. Naturally I expected it to be a practical guide, in a sense that it would tell me some hands-on tutorial to get out of the information overload. Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar3.0

On Jan 24 Paul Wallbank wrote: Book review: The Information Diet
Clay A. Johnson describes how to manage information overload Full Review  >

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On Jan 17 VM Brasseur wrote: Book Review: “The Information Diet” by Clay Johnson from O’Reilly Media
“Much as a poor diet gives us a variety of diseases, poor information diets give us new forms of ignorance—ignorance that comes not from a lack of information, but from overconsumption of it, and sicknesses and delusions that don’t affect the underinformed but the hyperinformed and the well educated.” This… Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar4.0

On Jan 5 Zoltan Varju wrote: The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption by Clay A. Johnson [Review]
According to Johnson there is no such thing as information overload. Rather, we consume junk information produced by contetnt farms. He proposes conscious consumption of information which is not about consuming less, but developing a balanced and healthy habit just like when you go on a diet. Full Review  >

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On Dec 25 Pasan Wijesinghe wrote: Beware of Wrong Information Habbits
Clay Johnson describes how our information consumption pattern can be unhealthy, to both body and mind and is really successful in establishing an analogy between food consumption and information consumption. That makes the theoretical facts presented in the book easy to understand. Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar5.0

On Dec 19 Ivo Flipse wrote: The Information Diet [review]
      The main point of the book is to consider your intake of information similar to your food diet. Which is quite apt: one of the ways to stay healthy is to not overconsume. Well the same applies to information, because we tend to consume information sitting down,… Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar4.0

On Dec 14 Shawn Day wrote: Choose your information wisely
The premise of the Information Diet by Clay Johnson is: 'What if we started managing our information consumption like we managed our food consumption?' And so it begins. This is a fascinating book framed as an open discussion in which Johnson carries along this metaphor or information intake being likened to nutritional sustenance. This is not the first attempt to diagnosis the problem and surely won't be the last, but this interesting parallel with nutrition and diet is -- please pardon me for this -- great food for thought ;-) Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar4.0

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