Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut. Author: David Shenk Media scholar and cyber-pundit David Shank deftly dismantles all the hype and exposes the. Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut. Author: David Shenk and exposes the unsettling impact of information overload, or data smog, on our individual. Page 1. Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut. By David Shenk. Ch. 1 – “ Spammed”. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9.

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More notes i Wow. Instead of information leading to more communication and discourse among people from different vavid and with different perspectives, there is more fragmentation and less understanding.

Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut by David Shenk

With a skillful mixture of personal essay, firsthand reportage, and sharp analysis, Shenk illustrates the central paradox of Media scholar and Internet Enthusiast David Shenk examines the 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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Text Dta, in home broadband internet, digital xhenk, youtube, and As a society we are becoming Obese from too much information and becoming too dependent on technology.

All high-stim roads lead to Times Squarethe need to unplug and step back from time to time has never been more acute. These antidotes are strong medicine towards regaining control of your life. Written innow 20 years ago, a great deal of what Shenk predicted has come true. I did so on the suggestion of a friend who knows David Shenk. In just a few pages, he discusses psychological research involving the tracking of eye movements smoy a subject flips through evocative photes, a similar study involving brain waves, store tracking of purchases, and the plan for ETS to sell academic reference checks.

Because it is easier to disseminate information without going through traditional media, anyone can send out information and the average person is less able to assess the quality and factual basis of the information given. You are a limited creature; you can only handle a limited amount of input. Putting a computer in every classroom is like putting smo electric power plan in every home.


Retrieved March 4,msog. With so much expert opinion, determining which ones are reliable becomes more and more difficult. It addresses the author’s ideas on how the information technology revolution would shape the world, and how the large amount of data available on the Internet would make it more difficult to sift through and separate fact from fiction.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Communication is instantaneous, knowledge is abundant, and as humans we try to keep up with this expansion of data that continues to accumulate from around the world.

This page was last edited on 13 Marchat Upon reading it, I decided to forego an iPhone and am reconsidering my Facebook addiction. Retrieved from ” https: His major concerns were that people couldn’t handle the enormous amount of data that was being thrown at them and that there would be unintended negative consequences of the data and Internet revolution, some of which we’ve seen and others not so much.

Information, once rare and cherished like caviar, is now plentiful and taken for granted like potatoes. Jul 23, Wisteria Leigh rated it liked it. Measurement of factual knowledge of various groups from schoolchildren to adults has shown that we know less about the world we live in than we used to, not more. 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.

Gaygeek rated it really liked it Feb 01, Now we both feel surrounded by too much stuff, data being the prime component. Using a lot of interesting statistics, Shenk refutes smoog technophile point of view in the s and still today? Published May 19th by HarperOne first published By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

In addition to proposing several legislative steps, he also advocates a very basic “downteching” to combat, or at least minimize, the unavoidable problem.

The examples were scary, but even more convincing were his conclusions regarding the message McLuhan of the newest smov. While I actually do embrace my profession, works such as this re-inforce my self-determined need to have a simpler view of the life; that is, to be able live without technology if required. It’s frightening–how clearly in the late 90’s he could already see what was coming at us, but he’s helpful in terms of thinking about how to deal with lives that have become impossibly complicated by demands made digitally.


Data Smog – Wikipedia

What Shenk did not or could not have dtaa was the rise of social media, machine learning and advanced data analytics. Dec 30, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: The problem seems to go back to something much older than the Internet, but to the early days of computing.

That’s David Shenk’s premise, and I have to admit I’m in somewhat of an agreement with him. ADD is on the rise, along with cardiovascular issues, vision issues, and s,og.

It takes more to get our attention, and that has led to more extreme efforts to get that attention shock jocks, trash TV, excessive violence, extreme rhetoric, noisier advertising are all part of this. We purchase Range Rovers and the only range we rove is datz median when there’s a traffic jam.

We’ll take 52 channels of crap on the cable, although only four are worth watching.

Jessica rated it really liked it Jan 17, Davjd Castro rated it it was amazing Jul 13, I think I’ll go hiking today. Feb 08, Topmar rated it it was amazing. But yes, the inability to focus, the fixation on novel stimuli, the fragmentation of society into a lot of segments, all of that was well underway 20 years ago. Are we fiddling while Rome burns?

Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut

The ability to sift and sort Big Data may have the ability to shift the balance in the war against information overload. Coping with “Data Smog”.

Why did we have CDs? Though it was written over 10 years ago, still very relevant about our positioning in this “information” as in “over-information” age.

This simplification of the life style is one of Shenk’s answers to Data Smog. Return to Book Page. Better data would be, but no one is providing quality. Our society is becoming less able to concentrate on one topic, requiring a “two-by-four” effect to get attention, which doesn’t last long anyway.