Unconscious consumption squanders our precious attention." Ev Williams, Obvious Corporation
The Information Diet - A Case for Conscious Consumption
About the Information DietHealthy information consumption habits are about more than productivity and efficiency. They're about your personal health, and the health of society. Just as junk food can lead to obesity, junk information can lead to new forms of ignorance. The Information Diet provides a framework for consuming information in a healthy way, by showing you what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective. In the process, author Clay Johnson explains the role information has played throughout history, and why following his prescribed diet is essential in today's information age.
With this book, you’ll learn:
- The relationship between power, authority, and information since the dawn of the first major information-technology boom
- How people react to information consumption, according to cognitive science and neuroscience findings
- How the new, information-abundant society is suffering consequences from poor information consumption habits
- What constitutes a healthy information diet and how you can get started
The TruthThe Information Diet talks about how we ought to dive below the manufactured communications and seek out the truth from the source and having a professionally written bio doesn’t really align with those values. The best way to get to know Clay is to participate directly with him, or listening to what he has to say. Attend an event or online Google+ Hangout with Clay and get to know him. David Eaves’ introduction of him in this video is probably the most accurate he’s ever heard.
Johnson is also terribly uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person.
The BioClay Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.
Media Appearances include: CNN TV — Expert on Open Government Data, NPR Weekend All Things Considered, NPR All Things Considered, Regular on the Leslie Marshall Radio Show (nationally syndicated), Kojo Naamdi Show (WAMU, Nationally Syndicated). Appeared in Fast Company, Wired, The Economist, the New York Times, USA Today and other major newspapers.
Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what’s going on in their communities, their cities and their governments. He still claims that he learned all he needs to know from a two year tour as the late-shift waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, GA.