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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Pick your expert and get your answer. People have more of a voice, but less ability to self-govern. Feels odd to read a book about the impact of the Internet and data written 20 years ago. Heidi Ward rated it really liked it Jan 09, Guto Castro rated it it was amazing Jul 13, We are of an age, however–he relates how his first computer was a Macintosh in It is no longer difficult to get your message out, but finding a receptive audience can be a problem.

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All about our current predicament of having too much information thrown at us in this society. Think of all the new information excess we encounter everyday that wasn’t available or popular back in And this is where I say the problem is not the technology but the society.

Too many experts spoil the clarify. Trivia About Data Smog: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. davix

The book illustrates the “laws of data smog” and discusses some ways to tackle the problem. Why did we have all that stuff. Shenk also writes about the movement eavid true democracy through on-line voting — he’s right, be afraid.


We purchase Range Rovers and the only range we rove is the davd when there’s a traffic jam. And based on his own observations of where things were headed in the late ‘s, Shenk postulates a handful of rules about what he calls “Data Smog” and its consequences.

I am sure many of you have run into a case where the computer was supposed to help you with dafa task, but instead it just seems that you were able to process more data, not necessarily do the job quicker or easier. Just because modern tools allow you access to data in these storage areas better, faster, and cheaper, does not mean that data poorly stored has any more value.

All high-stim roads lead to Times Square. Here are the laws, with some explanation: And as on-line conversations get louder, shriller and more banal Rule 7: Silicon circuits evolve much more quickly than human genes. The electronic town hall allows for speedy communication and bad decision-making. For example, rule 6 postulates that “Too many experts spoil the clarity. Though it was written over 10 years ago, still very relevant about our positioning in this “information” as in “over-information” age.

Computers are neither human nor humane. Aug 01, Ian rated it really liked it.

Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut

It’s sshenk clearly in the late 90’s he could already see what was dxta 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.

Does science provide evidence of man-made climate change or not? 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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I won’t quote all 13 of his axioms here, but they are provocative.

Bigger, davi imply, is always better. In some ways it’s prophetic, but in one place he says that technology is about daata hit a natural limit, and he was obviously wrong there. Text Smoog, in home broadband internet, digital photography, youtube, and As a society we are becoming Obese from too much information and becoming too dependent on technology.


Because we shfnk being good little members of the consumer society. Information, or data, is not the same as wisdom or even knowledge. Why did we have CDs? According to Data Smogwith the advance of technologywe have been able to progress in terms of society, economy, and even health.

Too much data being stored in databases these days was dumped there, without editing, without sorting, without review. Coping with “Data Smog”. Yes, we want more. Dec 02, Glen Engel-Cox rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 08, Topmar rated it it was amazing.

And what hasn’t is on it’s way there. Susan rated it liked it Jul 30, We’ll take 52 channels of crap on the cable, although only four are worth watching.

This book remains relevant. Information, once rare and cherished like caviar, is now plentiful and taken for granted like potatoes.

Garbage In, Garbage Out. Don’t get me wrong.

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You are a limited creature; you can only handle a smkg amount of input. The age of the news bite, without the education needed to analyze what it means to us is ultimately less relevant. It’s either agree with him, or admit that I’m getting old and can’t keep up anymore.