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    PDF READ The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption I'm giving this three stars because there are a few people I can think of that should read this for the distinction he makes between good information and junk information And for his theory about our tendency to over consume information and a

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    PDF READ The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption 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

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    PDF READ The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption FREE READ Ñ LABMEDNEWS.XYZ ô Clay A. Johnson 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 fall

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    Clay A. Johnson ô 1 READ FREE READ Ñ LABMEDNEWS.XYZ ô Clay A. Johnson PDF READ The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption Sundown on Friday March 23 marks the beginning of the third annual Day to Disconnect when people are urged to turn off their electronic devices and connect with the world around them Started by a Jewish group called Reboot the group recommends that the following principles be followed Avoid technology Connect

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    REVIEW The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption PDF READ The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption FREE READ Ñ LABMEDNEWS.XYZ ô Clay A. Johnson This is a skinny fat volume of pop neurology Or no wait it's a series of short paragraphs from a time management seminar in 2007 Wait no It's a pat paen to openness in government sorta and citizen activism of a sort Hmm well Truth to tell it's best to think of this book as three long essays none of which have virtually anything to do with one another all three of which are significantly longer than they ought to be and m

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    PDF READ The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption Clay A. Johnson ô 1 READ 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 informati

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    PDF READ The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption 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 Pint

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    Clay A. Johnson ô 1 READ FREE READ Ñ LABMEDNEWS.XYZ ô Clay A. Johnson REVIEW The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption 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

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    REVIEW The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption FREE READ Ñ LABMEDNEWS.XYZ ô Clay A. Johnson Clay A. Johnson ô 1 READ I'm giving it two stars just because there is a section on content farms that is interesting Otherwise a book badly in need of editing Sections were obviously taken from blog posts and meshed together badly The author's main metaphor our relationship with information is like our relationship with food So just like how we

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    REVIEW The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption PDF READ The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption Clay A. Johnson ô 1 READ 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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READ È The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption 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 I m giving this three stars because there are a few people I can think of that should read this for the distinction he makes between good information and junk information And for his theory about our tendency to over consume information and all things Internet just like we tend to over consume junk food It s not getting stars because it s really a great long form essay that s been padded out to a slim book Ironically this book would have been better if it had gone on a diet

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READ È The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption 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 This is a skinny fat volume of pop neurology Or no wait it s a series of short paragraphs from a time management seminar in 2007 Wait no It s a pat paen to openness in government sorta and citizen activism of a sort Hmm well Truth to tell it s best to think of this book as three long essays none of which have virtually anything to do with one another all three of which are significantly longer than they ought to be and most of which are pockmarked with poor writing and outright misstatements of fact The layout of the book is as follows In the first third or so the book explains the Problem To Be Addressed This is preceded by the traditional wind up that all pop nonfiction must begin with these days to pad out the length here it s a pointless exegesis on the dawn of industrial agriculture in America and the rise of the obesity problem This gets us to the appetizer Johnson s description of the problem of information obesity This cutesy neologism is not the first last or worst that you will have to endure in this volume I am sorry to say I will not mention the very worst of them here because it is too awful to repeat The basic idea at least the first one is that people are misinformed often very badly so This is hardly news of course Johnson also lumps in with this problem a basically unrelated one which is that many people are very distractible andor very distracted and the modern world offers very many distractions indeed like email Which is also a familiar observation by now Finally Johnson drops into this brew a few brief observations on common reasoning errors such as confirmation bias and cribs the work of Eli Pariser on Filter Bubbles who was in turn basically just cribbing from Cass Sunstein s Republiccom and his concerns about Nicholas Negroponte s The Daily Me all of that was about fifteen years ago This is also the section where epistemic closure a term that became annoying for a while some months back and then mercifully went away gets discussed except in Johnson s hands it just starts to mean as it also eventually did when it was first invented that people get stuff wrong sometimes and are stubborn about it That s the Problem SectionThese problems of course have no obvious connection to each other and Johnson doesn t really explain at all how they re related People are distractible and check their email too much I agree And I am glad to say that no longer ualifies as an original insight Merlin Mann and Tim Ferriss call your offices But what does that have to do with a guy who s holding a sign that says Keep Your Government Hands Off My Medicare And what does either one of those things have to do with eg the availability heuristic the tendency to assign great weight to information that s easy to call to mind One is a problem of discipline one is a problem of ignorance and the last is just a decision making process that can sometimes lead a person with even correct information astray But never mind Johnson barrels along lumping all three together as symptoms of information obesity an inapt metaphor by the way a person checking email a lot may indeed be consuming too much information but a guy who doesn t know that Medicare is a government program has too little information not too much and anyway a person susceptible to confirmation bias has neither too little nor too much information but rather a completely separate problemBy the time this first third is done you probably won t have learned anything new but you will have noticed several things First the prose style is just atrocious The book is chock full of folsky examples that go on for several sentences too long and which seem to introduce every other concept Johnson tries mightily at humor but you ve heard these jokes before he praises the Daily Show for feeding us small nuggets of truth wrapped in delicious bacon like hilariousness Ha ha Bacon guys Daily Show Moreover an idea or point is rarely addressed for than a few paragraphs it s dropped out there loosely explained and then Johnson moves on unlikely to ever mention it again The effect is of reading a series of loosely connected blog posts not a book There are also strange non seuiturs everywhere that crop up and then never come back email apnea agnotology confident ignorance and Each is given a cute sounding phrase out of Malcolm Gladwell s reject bin reality dysmorphia is another genuine groaner and then it s on to the next This is a problem not just because it makes the book feel halting random and disjointed although it does it s a problem because several of these observations undercut arguments made later in the book which Johnson either does not realize or cannot defend More on that in a minuteIn part two you get to the book s main event a section called appropriately enough The Information Diet This is supposed to be the cure to those loosely related problems before Is it Well first to describe Johnson s recommendations First out of the gate Johnson recommends that you learn how to use Google No really Well OK Then he reminds you not to believe everything you read on the internet and encourages you to use what he calls filters such as what is the intent of the author Is it to inform you or is it to make a point Which isn t wrong really but has that research paper assigned in high school being told how to use Internet sources feel to it Most people would call it common sense Johnson also recommends that you produce content of your own to test your ideas and opinionsBut wait Stop briefly and ask whether this is likely to solve the problems Johnson spent the first third laying out People are misinformed and oftentimes due to confirmation bias giving them information just hardens their wrong opinions How is telling a misinformed person suffering from confirmation bias to use Google going to solve anything How is a mind made up against the reality of climate change going to right itself by asking simple uestions like gee what s the intent of the author here It pretty obviously won t Good hearted but extraordinarily picayune techniues like learning to Google with gusto are not going to address any of the things Johnson talked about early on But onward Johnson then goes on to address attention fitness which is usually called by the shorter and older name focus To his credit this section does at least clearly address one of the problems he mentioned earlier But it begins with what is basically just a long advertisement for RescueTime a piece of software that monitors what you re doing on your computer Johnson then goes into some by now very familiar advice not to check email so much to silence your phone to check social networks at set times install AdBlock and so on If this is the first time you ve heard any of this advice then I hope it will do you some good But if you re interested in a book like this I d be very surprised if you re just now finding out that you shouldn t have 5000 people s Twitter updates pushed automatically to your phone This closes with a truly mind numbing section that can be summed up as you need to practice at focusing on what you re doing for longer and longer periods and to take scheduled breaksJohnson s next diet recommendation is to have a healthy sense of humor That s hard advice to disagree with but the chapter which is at least short then again they re all short comes off primarily as a vehicle to tell a story about how Karl Rove made a self deprecating joke once It s also hard advice to connect up with any of Johnson s earlier diagnoses of America s problems will having a sense of humor solve email apnea but by this point you will have given up on that by now foolish hope anywayFinally Johnson has a chapter entitled How to Consume It s around this point that the book starts to get truly incoherent and self contradictory and never really looks back One expects that Johnson will explain how to for example responsibly stay informed about politics which is a major theme of his book and on that later in this section I d be interested in that certainly Wrong Johnson cops out explaining that I don t want to tell you what information to consume because that wouldn t be responsible I m not sure Johnson understands what the idea of a diet is When I tell people to go vegan and they ask what they should eat for breakfast instead of scrambled eggs I reply oatmeal or maybe some fresh fruit and toast That s what advocating a diet is giving thumbs ups and thumbs downs to different foods I don t mean to be overly literal with the metaphor but then again perhaps I do It s a metaphor of Johnson s choosing and there s no way I could belabor it than he doesInstead Johnson focuses on procedural generalities how to consume indeed never what to consume He advocates canceling your cable subscription and instead watching TV via Hulu and Netflix which is sound financial advice and he spells out the arithmetic in tedious detail in case you don t believe me again the sense is of having to pad out the pages but plainly has nothing to do with the problem of misinformation except insofar as not having cable makes it impossible to watch cable news But can t you watch the Daily Show or Rachel Maddow online if you want And didn t he spend a whole chapter somewhere back there on the dangers of Internet content farms Oh never mind Johnson also advocates trying to reduce your information consumption time to six hours per day Which is nice neutral sounding advice except that a person spending six hours reading gold bug propaganda or end times demagoguery is a lot worse off than someone who spends twelve hours a day with their nose buried in the Economist and the US Reports Weirdly Johnson also appears to count fiction reading right alongside checking the weather email and the newspaper as information consumption time But that s just bizarre reading Jane Eyre is not in any sense euivalent to watching Keith Olbermann and neither are information in the same sense that the current time and temperature are information There s no attempt to justify or explain this odd lumping and there s nothing in the earlier chapters to well you get the ideaJohnson also recommends that you consume locally which is to say local news This is an amusing bit of parallelism to the whole eat locally fad but has a rough landing when he has to explain what it means according to him you should be reading about bulk trash pickups and police reports I wish I were joking While he admits that reading about parking in your neighbhorhood may seem uite dull he also assures you that over time you re able to spot trends observing a string of car thefts on your block may yield you some pertinent information certainly pertinent to your safety than whether the federal government is going to invest in high speed rail That head scratching line is he really saying that we should all spend hours scrutinizing police reports to spot trends Isn t that you know the police s job And the point of CompStat a widely deployed police data system that everyone kind of knows about by now And isn t the availability of high speed mass transit actually fairly relevant to a lot of people just sits on the page like a steaming turd unexplained and evidently not a joke and Johnson moves on to the next thought Which manages to be almost as bad He encourages watching your local news when it s on which is the kind of statement only a person who has never watched local news could make Surely there has never been a sensationalistic information free form of journalism than local television newsThen comes the book s very odd final section which has nothing to do with anything that has come before and is entitled Social Obesity It s a short mostly incoherent essay on the structure of government in the United States It s hard to summarize but is easily the worst of the three sections It contains Outright and alarming misunderstandings of the US Constitution Johnson claims that the Constitution pegs the number of representatives in the House to be proportional to population It does no such thing Article I says that there shall be no than one representative per 30000 people but it doesn t peg anything to anything beyond that Johnson seems to recognize this stating that the Congress has from time to time changed the size of the House which of course would be impossible if it were pegged in Article I But then he says the current size of the House can t be changed because getting two thirds of Congress to agree to it would be impossible But of course you don t need two thirds of Congress to agree to a change in a statute just a Constitutional amendment which Johnson s own tale makes obvious isn t needed It s a little disturbing to see such fundamental misunderstandings of the governmental process from a guy who made his living in politics and is writing a book in part about how to responsibly engage government Johnson makes great sport mocking people holding misinformed signs but at least none of those people were paid a book advance to get basic facts of government wrong Dead ends of thought The point above about the size of Congress It s part of what Johnson calls the scalability problem another way of saying that the nation has gotten big and each Congressman now represents way people than they used to But what should we do about it How can we fix it Or address it We shouldn t make Congress bigger Johnson makes that clear But what should we do No idea The whole section just ends almost in mid thought and is then uite literally never mentioned again It s like Johnson got interrupted writing this part by the chime of a text message and forgot to finish it Observations about transparency that contradict claims elsewhere in the book Johnson makes a lot of how transparency can t solve problems because it has a dark side the information will just be misused by nefarious characters plus people tend not to do anything with it anyway You can t just dump raw data on people and expect them to care That s a good point Of course this is the guy who just a little while ago was seemingly encouraging us to set up John Nash in A Beautiful Mind style shacks where we could spot trends in local parking enforcement so I m not sure what to make of it Downright bad truly irresponsible advice Johnson closes this section with a heading on Bridging the Gap with advice for citizen activists to follow as they engage government If you re wondering what any of this has to do with one s information diet then I am sorry to tell you that an explanation will not be forthcoming Johnson s advice is to concern oneself with small things rather than big things If you re worried about the national budget deficit he says don t concern yourself over the debt ceiling debate and the proposals to reduce Medicare spending that it generated rather uote work to change procurement laws so that government can get access to the same things the private sector has without paying and arm and a leg That is a breathtakingly naive prescription the sort of homespun wisdom that one would expect from a local news team s man on the street interview rather than a sophisticated campaign operative like Johnson Federal procurement laws aren t the reason we have a structural budget deficit no serious person thinks that Johnson s other advice is eually bewildering for example he says if you re worried about the effect of money in politics you should try and make the Senate file its campaign contributions electronically Of course as Johnson notes the House already does this and I m not aware of anyone who thinks that representatives are less tainted by money than senators But never mind Puzzling ungrammatical sentences Try parsing this one The thing that s made what Alex de Tocueville called The Great American Experiment as on page 135 work is our ability to be pragmatic Reading this sentence it s hard not to feel like you re the first person to read it since Johnson typed it because it s certainly never been glanced at by a copy editor Bland blame both sides stuff that I hope Johnson doesn t actually believe Let s take our country back not from the right or from the left but from the crazy partisanship both sides Let s give it to the stewards that have made the country so great the pragmatists Thanks I saw the keynote from 2004 too This is a sadly naive attitude of course one that was memorably satirized a long time ago by the Simpsons We must go forward not backward Upward not forward And always twirling twirling twirling towards freedom One outright misstatement of fact just for the road Johnson says if you re worried about prisons and civil rights you should take note of the fact that our laws are generally distributed and archived by for profit corporations making it so that even access to the laws that we must follow are behind paywalls That s just wrong No bones about it The entire United States Code is available at in PDF format The Code of Federal Regulations is also online for free and the Supreme Court and all federal courts of appeals post their decisions online too What s not there is available in a number of free databases like Cornell s Legal Information Institute mission statement We are a not for profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them without cost We carry out this vision by publishing law online for free And by the way how does any of that have a damn thing to do with prisons or civil rightsThis book is as you might be able to tell a real let down The problems of misinformation in politics and management of information in one s life are heady interesting subjects I was looking forward to a serious treatment of them I can t recommend The Information Diet to anyone who takes what they read seriously the best that can be said for it is that it went down uickly سیاوش خوانی know that Medicare is a government program has too little information not too much and anyway a person susceptible to confirmation bias has neither too little nor too much information but rather a completely separate problemBy the time this first third is done you probably won t have learned anything new but you will have noticed several things First the prose style is just atrocious The book is chock full of folsky examples that go on for several sentences too long and which seem to introduce every other concept Johnson tries mightily at humor but you ve heard these jokes before he praises the Daily Show for feeding us small nuggets of truth wrapped in delicious bacon like hilariousness Ha ha Bacon guys Daily Show Moreover an idea or point is rarely addressed for than a few paragraphs it s dropped out there loosely explained and then Johnson moves on unlikely to ever mention it again The effect is of reading a series of loosely connected blog posts not a book There are also strange non seuiturs everywhere that crop up and then never come back email apnea agnotology confident ignorance and Each is given a cute sounding phrase out of Malcolm Gladwell s reject bin reality dysmorphia is another genuine groaner and then it s on to the next This is a problem not just because it makes the book feel halting random and disjointed although it does it s a problem because several of these observations undercut arguments made later in the book which Johnson either does not realize or cannot defend More on that in a minuteIn part two you get to the book s main event a section called appropriately enough The Information Diet This is supposed to be the cure to those loosely related problems before Is it Well first to describe Johnson s recommendations First out of the gate Johnson recommends that you learn how to use Google No really Well OK Then he reminds you not to believe everything you read on the internet and encourages you to use what he calls filters such as what is the intent of the author Is it to inform you or is it to make a point Which isn t wrong really but has that research paper assigned in high school being told how to use Internet sources feel to it Most people would call it common sense Johnson also recommends that you produce content of your own to test your ideas and opinionsBut wait Stop briefly and ask whether this is likely to solve the problems Johnson spent the first third laying out People are misinformed and oftentimes due to confirmation bias giving them information just hardens their wrong opinions How is telling a misinformed person suffering from confirmation bias to use Google going to solve anything How is a mind made up against the reality of climate change going to right itself by asking simple uestions like gee what s the intent of the author here It pretty obviously won t Good hearted but extraordinarily picayune techniues like learning to Google with gusto are not going to address any of the things Johnson talked about early on But onward Johnson then goes on to address attention fitness which is usually called by the shorter and older name focus To his credit this section does at least clearly address one of the problems he mentioned earlier But it begins with what is basically just a long advertisement for RescueTime a piece of software that monitors what you re doing on your computer Johnson then goes into some by now very familiar advice not to check email so much to silence your phone to check social networks at set times install AdBlock and so on If this is the first time you ve heard any of this advice then I hope it will do you some good But if you re interested in a book like this I d be very surprised if you re just now finding out that you shouldn t have 5000 people s Twitter updates pushed automatically to your phone This closes with a truly mind numbing section that can be summed up as you need to practice at focusing on what you re doing for longer and longer periods and to take scheduled breaksJohnson s next diet recommendation is to have a healthy sense of humor That s hard advice to disagree with but the chapter which is at least short then again they re all short comes off primarily as a vehicle to tell a story about how Karl Rove made a self deprecating joke once It s also hard advice to connect up with any of Johnson s earlier diagnoses of America s problems will having a sense of humor solve email apnea but by this point you will have given up on that by now foolish hope anywayFinally Johnson has a chapter entitled How to Consume It s around this point that the book starts to get truly incoherent and self contradictory and never really looks back One expects that Johnson will explain how to for example responsibly stay informed about politics which is a major theme of his book and on that later in this section I d be interested in that certainly Wrong Johnson cops out explaining that I don t want to tell you what information to consume because that wouldn t be responsible I m not sure Johnson understands what the idea of a diet is When I tell people to go vegan and they ask what they should eat for breakfast instead of scrambled eggs I reply oatmeal or maybe some fresh fruit and toast That s what advocating a diet is giving thumbs ups and thumbs downs to different foods I don t mean to be overly literal with the metaphor but then again perhaps I do It s a metaphor of Johnson s choosing and there s no way I could belabor it than he doesInstead Johnson focuses on procedural generalities how to consume indeed never what to consume He advocates canceling your cable subscription and instead watching TV via Hulu and Netflix which is sound financial advice and he spells out the arithmetic in tedious detail in case you don t believe me again the sense is of having to pad out the pages but plainly has nothing to do with the problem of misinformation except insofar as not having cable makes it impossible to watch cable news But can t you watch the Daily Show or Rachel Maddow online if you want And didn t he spend a whole chapter somewhere back there on the dangers of Internet content farms Oh never mind Johnson also advocates trying to reduce your information consumption time to six hours per day Which is nice neutral sounding advice except that a person spending six hours reading gold bug propaganda or end times demagoguery is a lot worse off than someone who spends twelve hours a day with their nose buried in the Economist and the US Reports Weirdly Johnson also appears to count fiction reading right alongside checking the weather email and the newspaper as information consumption time But that s just bizarre reading Jane Eyre is not in any sense euivalent to watching Keith Olbermann and neither are information in the same sense that the current time and temperature are information There s no attempt to justify or explain this odd lumping and there s nothing in the earlier chapters to well you get the ideaJohnson also recommends that you consume locally which is to say local news This is an amusing bit of parallelism to the whole eat locally fad but has a rough landing when he has to explain what it means according to him you should be reading about bulk trash pickups and police reports I wish I were joking While he admits that reading about parking in your neighbhorhood may seem uite dull he also assures you that over time you re able to spot trends observing a string of car thefts on your block may yield you some pertinent information certainly pertinent to your safety than whether the federal government is going to invest in high speed rail That head scratching line is he really saying that we should all spend hours scrutinizing police reports to spot trends Isn t that you Романът на Яворов първа част know the police s job And the point of CompStat a widely deployed police data system that everyone 香蜜沉沉烬如霜 kind of 毛泽东私人医生回忆录 knows about by now And isn t the availability of high speed mass transit actually fairly relevant to a lot of people just sits on the page like a steaming turd unexplained and evidently not a joke and Johnson moves on to the next thought Which manages to be almost as bad He encourages watching your local news when it s on which is the Живей бързо книга 1 kind of statement only a person who has never watched local news could make Surely there has never been a sensationalistic information free form of journalism than local television newsThen comes the book s very odd final section which has nothing to do with anything that has come before and is entitled Social Obesity It s a short mostly incoherent essay on the structure of government in the United States It s hard to summarize but is easily the worst of the three sections It contains Outright and alarming misunderstandings of the US Constitution Johnson claims that the Constitution pegs the number of representatives in the House to be proportional to population It does no such thing Article I says that there shall be no than one representative per 30000 people but it doesn t peg anything to anything beyond that Johnson seems to recognize this stating that the Congress has from time to time changed the size of the House which of course would be impossible if it were pegged in Article I But then he says the current size of the House can t be changed because getting two thirds of Congress to agree to it would be impossible But of course you don t need two thirds of Congress to agree to a change in a statute just a Constitutional amendment which Johnson s own tale makes obvious isn t needed It s a little disturbing to see such fundamental misunderstandings of the governmental process from a guy who made his living in politics and is writing a book in part about how to responsibly engage government Johnson makes great sport mocking people holding misinformed signs but at least none of those people were paid a book advance to get basic facts of government wrong Dead ends of thought The point above about the size of Congress It s part of what Johnson calls the scalability problem another way of saying that the nation has gotten big and each Congressman now represents way people than they used to But what should we do about it How can we fix it Or address it We shouldn t make Congress bigger Johnson makes that clear But what should we do No idea The whole section just ends almost in mid thought and is then uite literally never mentioned again It s like Johnson got interrupted writing this part by the chime of a text message and forgot to finish it Observations about transparency that contradict claims elsewhere in the book Johnson makes a lot of how transparency can t solve problems because it has a dark side the information will just be misused by nefarious characters plus people tend not to do anything with it anyway You can t just dump raw data on people and expect them to care That s a good point Of course this is the guy who just a little while ago was seemingly encouraging us to set up John Nash in A Beautiful Mind style shacks where we could spot trends in local parking enforcement so I m not sure what to make of it Downright bad truly irresponsible advice Johnson closes this section with a heading on Bridging the Gap with advice for citizen activists to follow as they engage government If you re wondering what any of this has to do with one s information diet then I am sorry to tell you that an explanation will not be forthcoming Johnson s advice is to concern oneself with small things rather than big things If you re worried about the national budget deficit he says don t concern yourself over the debt ceiling debate and the proposals to reduce Medicare spending that it generated rather uote work to change procurement laws so that government can get access to the same things the private sector has without paying and arm and a leg That is a breathtakingly naive prescription the sort of homespun wisdom that one would expect from a local news team s man on the street interview rather than a sophisticated campaign operative like Johnson Federal procurement laws aren t the reason we have a structural budget deficit no serious person thinks that Johnson s other advice is eually bewildering for example he says if you re worried about the effect of money in politics you should try and make the Senate file its campaign contributions electronically Of course as Johnson notes the House already does this and I m not aware of anyone who thinks that representatives are less tainted by money than senators But never mind Puzzling ungrammatical sentences Try parsing this one The thing that s made what Alex de Tocueville called The Great American Experiment as on page 135 work is our ability to be pragmatic Reading this sentence it s hard not to feel like you re the first person to read it since Johnson typed it because it s certainly never been glanced at by a copy editor Bland blame both sides stuff that I hope Johnson doesn t actually believe Let s take our country back not from the right or from the left but from the crazy partisanship both sides Let s give it to the stewards that have made the country so great the pragmatists Thanks I saw the Български хроники Български хроники #2 keynote from 2004 too This is a sadly naive attitude of course one that was memorably satirized a long time ago by the Simpsons We must go forward not backward Upward not forward And always twirling twirling twirling towards freedom One outright misstatement of fact just for the road Johnson says if you re worried about prisons and civil rights you should take note of the fact that our laws are generally distributed and archived by for profit corporations making it so that even access to the laws that we must follow are behind paywalls That s just wrong No bones about it The entire United States Code is available at in PDF format The Code of Federal Regulations is also online for free and the Supreme Court and all federal courts of appeals post their decisions online too What s not there is available in a number of free databases like Cornell s Legal Information Institute mission statement We are a not for profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them without cost We carry out this vision by publishing law online for free And by the way how does any of that have a damn thing to do with prisons or civil rightsThis book is as you might be able to tell a real let down The problems of misinformation in politics and management of information in one s life are heady interesting subjects I was looking forward to a serious treatment of them I can t recommend The Information Diet to anyone who takes what they read seriously the best that can be said for it is that it went down uickly

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READ È The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption 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 ماجرای فرار ارتشبد قره باغی 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 قصة الأمير حمزة البهلوان 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

  • Hardcover
  • 150
  • The Information Diet A Case for Conscious Consumption
  • Clay A. Johnson
  • English
  • 09 December 2020
  • 9781449304683