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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Dec 30, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: There is a term, not in much use today, called GIGO: Preview — Data Smog by David Shenk. Social media mainly reinforces his conclusions about too much information and not enough wisdom Rule The good story, whether selective, exaggerated or wrong, spreads quickly and without barriers around the globe. Carrie rated it liked it Apr 02, He went on the reporting rout Are we drowning in a sea of information?

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.


Pick your expert and get your answer. He draws convincing links between data smog and stress distraction, indecision, cultural fragmentation, social vulgarity, and more. Davie with This Book.

Twenty years later, that number has risen six fold, to 3, messages per day. 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.

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 revolution, some of which we’ve seen and others not so much.

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Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut by David Shenk

But yes, the inability to focus, the fixation on novel stimuli, the fragmentation of society into a lot of segments, all of that was well underway 20 years ago.

Beware stories that destroy all complexity. Information, once rare and cherished like caviar, is now plentiful and taken for granted like potatoes. Are immigrants more likely to be criminals? Ways in which to ‘beat the smog’: If anything, the smog has gotten worse. It’s either agree with him, or admit that I’m getting old and can’t keep up anymore.

Computers are neither human nor humane. Or will those with access to these tools simply use analytics and machine learning against the rest of us? Published May 19th by HarperOne first published The book illustrates the “laws of data smog” and discusses some ways to tackle the problem.

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Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut

They can be useful tools, but are not a substitute for learning. Toby rated it liked it Jun 24, Think of all the new information excess we encounter everyday that wasn’t available or popular back in But there’s hope for a saner, more meaningful future, as Shenk offers a wealth of novel prescriptions—both personal and societal—for dispelling data smog. Measurement of factual knowledge of various groups from schoolchildren to adults has shown that we know less about the world we live in than we used to, not more.

We have grown dependent on technology and it has become like a drug we rely on. In just a few pages, he discusses psychological research involving the tracking of eye movements 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.