Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut Revised and Updated Edition

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The author of this text experienced a personal "awakening" from years of computer worship to the unwelcome side-effects of information mania. After confronting his own information anxieties and deflating what he saw as his mislaid faith in the virtue of technology, he began to see the world of information and information technology in a new light. He saw an industry whose raison d'etre is inducing a "you're-not-keeping-up" anxiety, a culture hooked on the manic velocity of data and losing interest in slower, more thoughtful deliberation. He now believes this deluge of information and the culture it fosters, fragments the world to a perverse degree, losing its common information and allowing it to drift towards a less responsible democracy. With this examination of the current state of affairs, he shows that information is not necessarily knowledge or wisdom, and that too much data can dull the mind.

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Pub Date: 1998-05-19 Pages: 256 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins 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 With a skillful mixture of personal essay. firsthand reportage. and sharp analysis. Shenk illustrates the central paradox of our time:. as our world gets more complex. our responses to it become increasingly simplistic . He draws convincing links between data smog and stress distraction. indecision. cultural fragmentation. social vulgarity. and more.But theres hope for a saner. more meaningful future. as Shenk offers a wealth of novel prescriptions-both personal and societal-for dispelling data smog..

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DATA SMOG begins with the author's own personal awakening from years of computer worship to the unwelcome side-effects from information mania. After confronting his own information anxieties and deflating his mislaid faith in the virtue of technology, he begins to see the entire world in a new light. Where before he viewed computers in the way they wished to be viewed, he now sees a technology industry whose raison d'etre is inducing a manic you're-not-keeping up anxiety; a culture getting hooked on the manic velocity of data and losing interest in slower, more thoughtful deliberation; and a world fragmenting to a perverse degree, losing its common information and drifting toward a less responsible democracy.

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