AirTalk for February 16, 2012

Gluttons for information

By Clay A. Johnson

The Information Diet

We spend 11 hours out of every 24 consuming. Not eating, not drinking but gorging ourselves on the information spewed to us from screens and speakers.

We are as insatiable with information as we are with sugar and fat. We just can’t get enough and Clay Johnson, founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online presidential campaign, says it’s time for us to go on an information diet.

In his new book, “The information Diet” he warns us that too much of what we are bombarded with from the media can make us clueless rather that smart, productive and sane. But Johnson says it’s not as much about consuming less but instead about picking and choosing what to consume, how to be selective and what to avoid.

He is especially interested and concerned about the effect an information glut has on a generation of kids who live in front of computer screens and how this may fundamentally change the way our brains are wired. Johnson also delves into the emotional and physical effects of information overload.

Do you need to go on an information diet? If so, how would you change the way you consume information on a daily basis?

Guest:

Clay Johnson, author of “The Information Diet” (O'Reilly Media). Johnson is the founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online presidential campaign


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