Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Healthy Information Diet: The Case for Conscious Consumption - Maria Popova - Health - The Atlantic

Excerpt from a review of The Information Diet, which remains on my recommended reading list

Johnson -- best known for directing Sunlight Labs at government transparency operation Sunlight Foundation -- draws a parallel between the industrialization of food, which at once allowed for ever-greater efficiency and reined in an obesity epidemic, and the industrialization of information, arguing that blaming the abundance of information itself is as absurd as blaming the abundance of food for obesity. Instead, he proposes a solution that lies in engineering a healthy relationship with information by adopting smarter habits and becoming as selective about the information we consume as we are about the food we eat. In the process, he covers the history of information, the science of attention, the healthy economics of media, and a wealth in between.

A Healthy Information Diet: The Case for Conscious Consumption - Maria Popova - Health - The Atlantic

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