The Information Diet

The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption (2012) by Clay Johnson describes how we should view our information consumption somewhat like our diet and be careful what we take in.

The book starts off by describing how Johnson worked on the Howard Dean campaign and how within that campaign the view of what was going on was not realistic. He parlays this into looking at how we live in media bubbles and often wind up browsing the net reading listicles instead of working. There are lots of references to Michael Pollan references. Johnson recommends reading widely and deliberately reading things you disagree with, reading source material like budgets and laws and avoiding junk information. It’s solid but fairly obvious advice.

The book wouldn’t be a bad essay but the thesis is a bit weak and the meandering a bit wide to make it much good as a book.


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