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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A key take away for me from this book is that new technology is often oversold for its benefits without consideration of its problems. This utopia is always long-term with little attention paid to the short-term costs to society. Using a lot of interesting statistics, Shenk refutes the technophile point of view in the s smogg still today?

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And it isn’t that much. Will a reduction in taxes stimulate the economy? Information is not knowledge and needs to be considered in context and as part of a bigger picture. Databases are your friend, and they’ve certainly been mine, as I make my living off maintaining them, writing interfaces for them, and creating reports from them.

Retrieved March 4,www. Our hardware store here has a tagline that says they have “more of everything. David Shenk is davidd award-winning and national-bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us: Now we both feel surrounded by too much stuff, data being the prime component. Think of all the new information excess we encounter davkd that wasn’t available or popular back in This leads to misinformation, misunderstanding and more confidence in less knowledge.


And this is where I say the problem is not the technology but the society.

Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut by David Shenk

Americans have a hard time with quality. Open Preview See a Problem? Lists with This Book. Shenk also writes about the movement for true democracy through on-line voting — he’s right, be afraid. His major concerns were that people couldn’t handle the enormous amount of data that was being thrown at them and that there would be unintended negative consequences of the data and Internet revoluti Feels odd to read a book about the impact of the Internet and data written 20 years ago.

We cleaned out the closet, evaluating the things we really needed to meet our goals. Although he never quite displays his own political or philosophical stance, he does build sata very clear case against the continual surge of fragmentation in our daily lives and the onslaught of technology anxiety.

On the information highway, most roads bypass journalists. What they sell is not information technology, but information anxiety.

Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut

I won’t quote all 13 of his axioms here, but they are provocative. Don’t get me wrong. He especially deplores the effect of that trend on journalism, though taking it too snenk in disclaiming the value of internet news because if bypasses traditional journalism I note MSNBC.

He went on the reporting rout Are we drowning in a sea of information? Pick your expert and get your answer.

I am sure many of you have run into a case where the computer was supposed to help you with a task, but instead it just seems that you were able to process more data, not necessarily do the job quicker or easier. Coping with “Data Smog”. Garbage In, Garbage Out. 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.


Social media mainly reinforces his conclusions about too much information and not enough wisdom Rule Retrieved from ” https: We have grown dependent on technology and it has become daid a drug we rely on. Birds of a feather flock virtually together.

May 28, Zmog Barnett rated it liked it. Goodreads helps you smkg track of books you want to read. Dec 02, Glen Engel-Cox rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Data Smogplease sign up.

These are optimistic offerings, but they’re probably still good ones. Chris Bull rated it really liked it Sep 11, Though it was written over 10 years ago, still very relevant about our positioning in shenm “information” as in “over-information” age. Yes, we want more. Putting a computer in every classroom is like putting an electric power plan in every home. Information, or data, is not the same as wisdom or even knowledge. Or will those with access to these tools simply use analytics and machine learning against the rest of us?