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The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption Free read ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Clay A. Johnson Ù 6 Free read 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 saneIn The Information Diet you willDiscover why eminent scholars are. 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 conseuences John hopes to achieve this through the use of an epidemic as a metaphor an epidemic that is uite familiar to many Americans today obesity and lays out their similarities in different interesting waysSummeryIn his book the Information Diet John attempts to demonstrate the threat posed by what he views as the unregulated unfiltered and excessively commercialized information directed against everyone today John sees strong similarities between the changes that has happened to the agriculture industry and the one he is afraid now is happening to our information sources Basing his argument on such observation John states While our collective sweet tooth used to serve us well in the land of abundance it s killing us As it turns out the same thing has happened with information Our sweet tooth for information is no longer serving us well Surprisingly it too is killing us P18 John s thesis is that mindful utilization of information is essential necessary and doable The book is divided into three sections In section one John illustrates what he thinks the scope of the problem through the lens of consumption in section two he lays out an alternative solution to deal with such challenge and in section three John demands from his readers to demand a better system of government and be proactive in thought and in deedEvaluationJohn has done a good job of relating the book to the title by first beginning with a metaphor that gives the reader a sense of relevance This resonates well throughout the book and gives the reader a clear map and intent of the author To establish a perfect ground for his argument John credibly addresses the changes and the conseuences of obesity giving the reader the bigger picture of pre and post industrialization of agriculture and the profound health conseuences it brought along with John puts forth a compelling case by comparing two different scenarios that are uite similar and contrary all at the same time John begins to arouse curiosity by uestioning his reader We know we re products of the food we eat Why wouldn t we also be products of the information we consume P4 This creates a parallel between the two issues and makes the reader accept the fitting What automatically attracts the reader is the manner in which John transitions from food and health related issues to media and information concerns He comparatively talks about the similar kind of changes that has happened to our information industry Like the industrial revolution over the farmers there has been a technological one over the traditional media John illustrates To make the reader relate the two industries John says Food companies want to provide you with the most profitable food possible that will keep you eating it While media companies want to provide you with the most profitable information possible that will keep you tuned in and the result is airwaves filled with fear and affirmation P33 Although some readers my uestion the amount of food and weight metaphor John especially invested in section one and two yet I personally think that was a good choice for two reasons First at the beginning of the book John talks about his journey in writing this book and how that journey took him to different fields and places in America From healthcare activism to political campaigns and information transparency that than anything else might have given him a good background an insight on the level and the magnitude of the problem Secondly to draw the attention of his readers he needs to attach a picture that is uite familiar to everyone at least in America and obesity makes a perfect sense in this regard I truly commend how John kept politics out of his book This gives the reader the sense that John s target audience were the both sides of the American politics and held no reservations when it comes to revealing the facts regarding Washington and its players on both sides of the aisle This is a plus per se and gives the reader a sense of credibility and reliance It is also uite skillful how John asserts and describes few powerful terminologies in his book Among these are attention John uantifies attention and believes that it can increase or decrease accordinglyHe says we don t burn attention we pay it P 89 John makes new terms such as infovegans P77 According to John Infovagans try to follow the consumption habits of vegans P77 a group of people who avoid consuming animal products on ethical grounds Being an inforvegan means according to John being a data literate P80 Elaborating on this John argues that we need to know how to search filter and synthesize informationHowever although I liked the way John created the parallel between food and information consumption yet I felt that John failed to convince his reader how overconsumption of food is similar in terms of health to that of information Nevertheless I think it was brilliant how John kept referring the reader back to section one where he laid out the concrete of his argument For instance in section two where John presents a set of skills certain disciplines and strategies to combat this new challenge John consecutively compares information diet to that of food diet For example while addressing why the reader should undertake the measures of information diet Johns argues Just like a normal healthy food diet an information diet is not about consuming less it is about consuming right P76I think it was uite clever the way John structured his book What I especially liked is how each section dealt with specific and significant part of the book It was an excellent chronological order that he presented the problem in the first section offered the solution in the second one however I felt that the third section of the book didn t resonate well to the rest of the book in order to give the reader the same kind of tone and the texture that the initial argument presentedThis is a good book to read especially if you are among those who have deep concerns over the benefits and the problems of technology John addresses variety of sensitive issues exposes tricks and tips and offers effective ways to deal with such outcomes He brings a significant number of years of experience and demonstrates logics and critical thinking on board Unlike many other books I ve read over the years John has remained mindful about sensitive issues and kept the controversy out of his work I finished reading this book with tons of issues to think about It was an educating and adventurous reading that I recommend others to tryCitations Clay J 2011 The 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The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption Free read ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Clay A. Johnson Ù 6 Free read 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. A call to action for better information habits combined with a recommended information dietModeration 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 point as did his comparison between information and nutritional behaviors provide a uniue lens I can binge on the Internet just like eating Tostitos mindlessly As a librarian I know better but this book was a reminder that just because we have access to information doesn t mean we shouldn t be conscious of how we consume itI liked the emphasis on a four prong process search process filter and share It is the backbone of the curriculum I one day dream of providing to a school library although this book made me wish that instruction was to undergrads rather than middle schoolers I also enjoyed developers being called out as the best minds of our generations using immediate problem solutions on a small scale as opportunity for larger change and growth Additional points for not using change agent a phrase I loathe

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The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption Free read ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Clay A. Johnson Ù 6 Free read 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 tweetsWe're all battling a storm of distractions buffeted with notifications and tempted by tasty tidbits of information. Information you re doing it wrongClay 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 euivalent of processed food full of fats salt sugar and all other sorts of nastiesHis 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 to look at But than that he points the finger at mainstream meadia such as Fox News and MSNBC and of course at politicians of all stripesUS centric though the book is it s hard to argue with many of the problems Johnson highlights in the first section The content farm news sites that dominate the biggest online media players are indeed pretty dire Fox News and MSNBC realising that it was profitable to hire big name pundits who affirm their viewer s opinions than to hire journalists to find real news was a genuine blow for public debate The politicians that create their own world for themselves and their supporters create tribes that see everyone else as the heathen to be crushed The urgency of email Twitter and Facebook changes has damaged our ability to concentrate and avoid the lure of the newBut identifying the problems is the easy bit if nothing else people have been bemoaning the way news both online and offline has been going for years The difficult part is figuring out what any of us can do about itWhen it comes to your own consumption the book has some good tips They range from cutting down your total information consumption building the ability to concentrate and making sure you don t get lost in the rabbithole of email or social media However they re not particularly new If you re fed up with what s on tv then cancel your cable If you re fed up with what passes as news online then stop reading it Use a clock to make sure you don t spend forever on your email Simple advice but hardly revolutionaryBeyond that there are some ideas about improving the uality of what you consume after you have reduced the uantity Johnson talks about going direct to source data focusing on local information and paying to access low ad sites He also suggests deliberately seeking out information and viewpoints that differ from your own to avoid falling into a closed loop and to have something to check your biases againstI have some issues with this area Sometimes source data obscures than enlightens and local facts can be meaningless without knowing historical or wider context Johnson has an aversion to people getting in the way of you and the source but sometimes an interpreter in the way is a good thing Yes an economics expert for example will have his own bias but they also bring a much greater depth of knowledge and experience to bear on data Their insights can be much valuable than just a set of figuresJohnson mentions the trophic pyramid here regarding the energy flow through a food chain noting that only 10% of available energy is taken up on each step Absolutely true but to stress the analogy to breaking point it also tends to have a higher energy density as you go up the chain That s why antelopes spend all day eating while lions can laze in the sun I don t want to spend all day scouring data so someone to distill it down for me can be very usefulAn interesting section here concerns the act of producing information rather than consuming it I like this idea very much as you can probably tell from the fact I m um writingBut when Johnson moves on to trying to have an effect outside of yourself he seems on much less certain territory The book ends on a forlorn call to try to encourage others to take up this information diet too to try to break them out of a closed loop This seems an unlikely outcome To have a real effect the very people who are happiest in their closed loop are the ones who would need to deliberately choose to take in opposing information something which Johnson himself looks at earlier in the book citing a study which suggests opposing information doesn t change someone s opinion it simply reinforces itMoreover Johnson s view seems both utopian and defeatist a remarkable achievement On the one hand he suggests that by spreading this new information diet the divisive nature of current US politics can be curtailed as pragmatism increases On the other he advocates ignoring the big issues dominating politics as your efforts will be crowded out by the information obese and concentrating only on small practical changes a retreat to technocracyThe problem with this is that technocrats don t change the world they just make it a bit efficient Yes as Johnson argues there seems to be a scalability problem with US political representation though as a foreigner I can t really say but making it easier to contact your representatives won t help them with the volume of data they need to considerAnd ultimately the technical details aren t as important as the issues Johnson suggests ceding to the zealots Efficiency and technical matters will improve simply as the expectations of the politicians change and this will mainly be because of the tools they are used to using which explains why this seems a terribly slow process to everyone under 50 we re the whippersnappersBut the big issues the ones that come down to two sides yelling at each other remain important To use health care as an example finding a efficient way to deliver the computer system that manages insurance isn t going to solve that argument which boils down to what it is right for a country to provide for its citizens Regulatory issues won t be solved by finding a better way to monitor financial institutions if one side doesn t agree with regulations in the first placeYes arguments like this are messy and can get dirty and vindictive with misinformation or misunderstanding thrown around by all sides but that doesn t mean they shouldn t be had and it doesn t mean we shouldn t take part in them To give in walk away and fiddle round the edges just means your views won t be heard at allJohnson gives an example of his own closed loop following his time campaigning for Dean He got into an argument with his uncle a Fox News devotee at Thanksgiving dinner because both sides thought if only the other person had the right facts they d change their view Naturally it devolved into a shouting match and Johnson cites it as a time he realised providing the facts doesn t work because people will have their own set of facts and see them through their own lensUnfortunately his view seems to only have moved to the idea that if you provide the facts for longer people will become pragmatic fairer and willing to compromise People don t work like that Opinions can be held for rational or irrational reasons and resist change Ideas can be poorly explained Your life experience regardless of the information you now take in can shape your views to the point they will not changePeople disagree and they always will The only thing we agree on is that voting on it is the best way to decide what we do and that s why we have politics It s no place for a gentleman but it s the best system we have That s why we all need to stay involved in itThe Information Diet does well in identifying the problems we all sometimes feel with being overwhelmed with information and getting lost down the various timesinks we all have As a self help book aimed at improving your own consumption it works well But as an idea for changing the world it falls flat


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    Clay A. Johnson Ù 6 Free read (The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption) PDF FREE ò Clay A. Johnson I'm sad to see so many people here uibbling over the foodobesity 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 following1 The book contains a surprising number of grammatical errors2 The ent

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    (The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption) PDF FREE ò Clay A. Johnson 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 infor

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    (The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption) PDF FREE ò Clay A. Johnson A call to action for better information habits combined with a recommended information dietModeration moderation moderation the key to everything it seems yet so easy to forget when you have to check your tweets and Facebo

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    (The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption) PDF FREE ò Clay A. Johnson 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 euated by mass production farming huge disconnection between sources and markets and an unbalanced trade off between nutritiousness and sinful pleasures makes a compelling caseHowever from that first well argumented point of view it seems uite likely that the author didn't spend the same time

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    (The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption) PDF FREE ò Clay A. Johnson Clay A. Johnson Ù 6 Free read Read The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption 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 farmsDo yourself a favour and skip this one I would just look at the list of helpful tools from the blog

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  • Hardcover
  • 150
  • The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption
  • Clay A. Johnson
  • English
  • 15 September 2018
  • 9781449304683