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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.

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On Jul 31 Janet Barclay wrote:
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On Jul 3 Rob Lambert wrote:
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On Jun 17 Chris Allen wrote: Perfect timing, to publish this book for 2012
like many people I know, I reckoned I had my web news diet down to a fine art. I follow people I know, trust and agree with, and then just read the news they alert me to. Sorted. But then . . . Full Review  >

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On May 15 Tushar Jain wrote: Book Review: The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption
Book Review: The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption by Clay A. Johnson: Publisher- O'Reilly: ISBN- 13: 978-1449304683The Information Diet is an smart idea but presentation is not up to the mark. Clay repeatedly compares information with eating habits. Though comparison is good but same idea is repeated throughout… Full Review  >

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On May 9 Mike Ball wrote: Book Review: The Information Diet
Let me say two things plainly. First, Clay John tortures the comparison of food and information consumption to death…and beyond. He loves his cleverness. Second, the middle of his book contains ample rewards for sticking with it out that far. Note on the tail end: The author buries links to… Full Review  >

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On May 8 Simon MacDonald wrote:
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