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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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Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 rating Based on 5 Ratings

"Highly Recommended " - by Johan Badenhorst on 12-APR-2012
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"The Information Diet" by Clay Johnson was a very informative read. It is tricky to write about biases while remaining neutral yourself, but he does a good job of this in most sections. We're being flooded by information, and I'd recommend this book to everyone. It will make you think about the information you consume, and the intentions behind it.
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"Inspired to become an infovegan" - by jackhamm on 18-MAR-2012
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In "The Information Diet", Clay Johnson lays out an excellent early argument and format for a better way to stay informed.  Clay's research is compelling and shows that many of us are becoming tertiary or quaternary consumers of information and are getting, in effect, the receiving end of a game of telephone.  Clay makes excellent points about the importance of reading primary source where possible and making sure to include sufficient opposing viewpoints in our daily information consumption.  Finally, he reminds us that our knowledge is not without responsibility and encourages us to both fight to change the form of information provided to the public and to fight for change in the world around us.  

This books gets a rare 5-star review from me.

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"Worth a read (high praise, after reading this)" - by Anonymous on 17-JAN-2012
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If you worry about keeping afloat atop the deluge of information that's inundating us, this book offers a prescrption:  Break your addiction to junk information

With a compelling analogy to the modern plight of overfed agribusiness junk food addicts, Mr. Johnson describes the predominance of junk media that hook us on keyword-driven, content-farm-recycled, affirmation-suffusing, dopamine-triggering pabulum and prescribes a healthier information diet framework for consuming information that not only enriches you but might also help draw society back from the brink of irreconcilable schism into disjoint, but equally misinformed, orthodox congregations of impotent misbelievers

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"The Information Diet - you are what you eat" - by Dave Wagner on 08-JAN-2012
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This is a very thought provoking book on the role of information intake plays in molding world view.

He gives an excellent analysis of bad and good information intake habits with some solid suggestions on how to improve yours.

Anyone who uses the internet or network news should read this book.

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