Excerpt from The Information Diet, by Clay Johnson


15 Responses to “Excerpt from The Information Diet, by Clay Johnson”

  1. awjt says:

    Yes, I spend way WAYYYYYYYYYY too much time on here!

  2. Ito Kagehisa says:

    Commentary, advice & recommendations at total of 59%?  No thanks, I’m trying to cut down!

    I would rather get my history and science intake up to around 25% each.

  3. And hey, if you’re around Boston on the 15th, come meet Clay at our event here at MIT’s Center for Civic Media: http://civic.mit.edu/event/civic-media-session-whats-your-information-diet

  4. Greg says:

    This text looks crucial.

  5. Matthew Elmslie says:

    It seems like my hold list at the library never gets any shorter. That is because of all the time I spend on this site.

  6. ultranaut says:

    I read the excerpt and was not impressed. It’s well-written and engaging but seemed to be all about food diets. I think it would of been better to share an excerpt from a later chapter, something more relevant to the actual topic of the book.

  7. NiceBloke says:

    Dammit. I read it the title as “Cave Johnson”.

    I am dissapoint

  8. wizardru says:

    I was interested until the phrase ‘Big Info’.   

  9. pamaro says:

    “We’re all battling a storm of distractions” and, if we’re battling, most of the time the enemy is us. A great majority of information with which we are assaulted we, of our own volition, subject ourselves to. Last I heard, you have to voluntary sign up for Twitter, Facebook, a data and text plan from your cell phone company, cable television, etc. We justify it by every else has it, it’s cool, we need it, we can’t get by without it. Books like Bit Literacy helped me navigate the information in my life a bit more deftly. A few days ago I overhead a young woman in a restaurant say that she spent three hours on YouTube the other day and she thinks she’s addicted because she didn’t get here homework done. Since addiction is defined as the continued use of any mind or mood altering behavior despite negative consequences. there’s always the possibility of starting a Information Addicts Anonymous group. 

    • awjt says:

      Yes, it’s more like addiction than being forced to consume.  It’s like the ice cream makers all got together and placed ice cream EVERYWHERE.  On every corner, at every office, a little dispenser that comes out of your computer, your phone.  Your panera chicken almond salad comes with ice cream.  Your newspaper comes with ice cream.  Your car has ice cream coming out of the radio.  Ice cream EVERYWHERE.

      How could you help but get fat with all this fucking ICE CREAM EVERWHERE?

      Oh wait, my metaphor isn’t a metaphor.  It’s reality.

  10. benshome says:


  11. Alyssa Kinell says:

    I found this excerpt to be very interesting. I like the analogy of consuming food vs. consuming information because it is very evident in society that both of these have transformed into addictions. We now have to be aware of how healthy we are being in terms of the quality and quantity of information that we take in. 

  12. I’ve tried going on an information diet. It’s very, very hard for me.

    Cut out sugar, junk food, processed foods, meat, etc.? Easy.

    Cut out ceaseless gorging on information? Very, very hard :(

    Is there an IA chapter I could visit?

  13. Amelia_G says:

    I recently started journalling to try to figure out where the time goes. Using different contrasting colors for different task categories. Facebook, articles, twitter, now pinterest as well, all are in the same category. I’m monitoring very closely when that category gets switched on. The scattershot variety in the topics in my daily information feeds distracts just as much when I’m reviewing truncated notes about them as it does when I read them in the morning.

    On the negative side, logging this stuff costs time as well. On the positive side, fewer ideas are being lost and I’m seeing new patterns in the information.

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