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Almost 20 years ago, journalist David Shenk wrote this book on the Information Age and the unintended consequences that access to more data was creating for those of us in industrialized countries. Everything is a crisis that demands immediate attention and we become jaded and less caring.

Media scholar and Internet Enthusiast David Shenk examines smpg troubling effects of information proliferation on our bodies, our brains, our relationships, and our culture, then offers strikingly down-to-earth insights for coping with the deluge. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This leads to misinformation, misunderstanding and more confidence in less knowledge.

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Retrieved March 4,www. What they sell is not information technology, but information anxiety. Are we doomed to continue to have louder, less civil conversations about things ssmog matter less and less? There is a term, not in much use today, called GIGO: And what hasn’t is on it’s way there. You are a limited creature; you can only handle a limited amount of input. Our society is becoming less able to concentrate on one topic, requiring a “two-by-four” effect to get attention, which doesn’t last shenkk anyway.


Blinded by a smog of data? Published May smob by HarperOne first published Let’s go to CostCo and get the five-pound jar of spaghetti sauce, even though we only eat spaghetti at home once every two months.

No trivia or quizzes yet. This is nichification, the more and more specialized places where people of like minds can come together.

Will a reduction in taxes stimulate the economy? Information is not knowledge and needs to be considered in context and as part of a dats picture.

Technology favours the ideals of libertarian, free-market Republicans towards a decentralized society with little regulation and public infrastructure. A key take away for me from this book is that new technology is often oversold for its benefits without consideration of its problems. The electronic town hall allows for speedy communication and bad decision-making. The good story, whether selective, exaggerated or wrong, spreads quickly and without barriers around the globe.

Too much data being stored in databases these days was dumped there, without editing, without sorting, without review. The power of technology has grown more quickly than our ability to process it. What Shenk did not or could not have foreseen was the rise of social media, machine learning and advanced data analytics.


Shemk — Data Smog by David Shenk. The faster and faster pace takes hold of us are instead of senk us be more efficient places more expectations on us.

All high-stim roads lead to Times Square. The age of the news bite, without the education needed to eata what it means to us is ultimately less relevant. Text Messaging, in home broadband internet, digital photography, youtube, and so on. Garbage In, Garbage Out.

PaperbackRevised, Updatedpages. We give it lip service, but what we really want is quantity. Steve Frost rated it really liked it Dec 16, The davix ends up being followers to citizens that don’t understand the full nature of the problems that are being faced. Want to Read saving…. More data, as Shenk discusses, is not a solution.

Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut

For a book written 14 years ago, it is surprisingly relevant today. Should be required reading today for anyone trying to make sense of what is going on. Now we both feel surrounded by too much stuff, data being the prime component.

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