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The Information Diet
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Clay A. Johnson
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The Information Diet

Clay A. Johnson


9781491933398

OReilly & Associates


Media studies;
Ethical & social aspects of computing;
Information retrieval;
Information architecture


Paperback

164 pages

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This is a softcover version of the title released in 2011; there is no new material. 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

By:   Clay A. Johnson
Imprint:   OReilly & Associates
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 157mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   254g
ISBN:   9781491933398
ISBN 10:   1491933399
Pages:   164
Publication Date:   July 2015
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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. Media Appearances include: * CNN TV -- Expert on Open Government Data * NPR Weekend All Things Considered * NPR All Things Considered * Regular on the Leslie Marshall Radio Show (nationally syndicated) * Kojo Naamdi Show (WAMU, Nationally Syndicated) * Appeared in Fast Company, Wired, The Economist, the New York Times, USA Today and other major newspapers Johnson's combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work 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.

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