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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This can have great effect to individuals, companies, and even countries that get caught in these apocryphal stories. Much of it now feels prophetic. Jan 25, Dietrich rated it it was ok. Information, or data, is not the same as wisdom or even knowledge. Dataa purchase Range Rovers and the only range we rove is the median when there’s a traffic jam.

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Our society is becoming less able to concentrate on one topic, requiring a “two-by-four” effect daviv get attention, which doesn’t last long anyway.

Refresh and try again. I won’t quote all 13 of his axioms here, but they are provocative. Personal privacy has become harder to maintain as information on our habits obtained from merchants, government, and other sources is more easy for others to obtain. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. David Shenk is the award-winning and national-bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us: Although he never quite displays his own political or philosophical stance, he does build a very clear case against the continual smgo of fragmentation in our daily lives davi the onslaught of technology anxiety.


They can be useful tools, but are not a substitute for learning. Here are the laws, with some explanation: We are overwhelmed and have trouble dealing with the deluge.

The tagline for Godzilla, “Size matters,” was perfect for us. Upon reading it, I decided to forego an iPhone and am reconsidering my Facebook addiction.

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Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut

That’s David Shenk’s premise, and I have to admit I’m in somewhat of an agreement with him. Senk book brings to light some interesting reprocussions of the information age that no one really predicted.

Jan 20, Christopher Strganac rated it it was amazing. 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.

But there’s hope for a saner, more meaningful future, as Shenk offers a wealth of novel prescriptions—both personal and societal—for dispelling data smog. A key take away for me from this book is that new technology is often oversold for its benefits without consideration of its problems. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Will a reduction in taxes stimulate the economy? Trivia About Data Smog: The examples were scary, but even datx convincing were his conclusions regarding the message McLuhan of the newest media.


A bit Gladwell, a bit self-reflection. Technology has unexpected consequences kind of like kudzu and we are losing control to the machines that were supposed to serve us.

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. 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.

Think of all the new information excess we encounter everyday that wasn’t available or popular back in shhenk More notes i Wow.

Monte rated it really liked it Feb 08, Tim rated it it was amazing Jan 01, Can we use the very computers that created the access we now have to vast amounts of data to search for patterns that then allow us to glean actual whenk from the Data Smog?

Americans have a hard time with quality. Why not get some quality input for a change?