Information overload is a concept familiar to increasingly large swathes of internet users. Yet is it the right concept? In his new book The Information Diet, Clay Johnson, co-founder of the company which managed Obama’s hugely successful online campaign during the 2008 election, takes issue with this rapidly emerging online orthodoxy.
Maria Popova of Brain Pickings has written an excellent review in the Atlantic. While the case he makes is a compelling one, is it really the whole story? Or is there a risk that framing information consumption through the lens of health, as Johnson suggests, leads us to lose sight of the some of the more radical and collective solutions to the problems he identifies? Such as collective filtering, which is particularly pertinent for academia.