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On Analog Social Media

April 1, 2018 | Posted By

Excellent article on the benefits of Social Media detox by Prof Cal Newport. Highly recommended read (and advice)!

Information Overload: Interview with David Ryan Polgar about Mental Obesity

March 25, 2013 | Posted By

How Information Overload Ruins Your Brain

September 18, 2012 | Posted By

How Much Information is There in the World?

September 11, 2012 | Posted By

Information Overload: can we handle it?

March 5, 2010 | Posted By

Source: Digital Natives Blog
Author: NA
Date: November 7, 2008

Although computer ubiquity is generally perceived in a positive light giving students continual access to the global community, there are some disadvantages that our Digital Native generation experiences. If DNs are continually surrounded by gadgets and computers how are they going to learn the importance of reflecting on issues? How will they learn to look for information anywhere beyond regular search engines like Google? (ie: libraries, interviewing others, etc.)


Getting Organized in the Google Era

February 17, 2010 | Posted By
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Business (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385528175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385528177


Information overload: Is it time for a data diet?

February 5, 2010 | Posted By

Source: Computerworld
Author: Mary Brandel
Date: August 26, 2008

CIO Jeff Saper drives a hybrid car, favors service providers that use alternative energy and has launched many green IT initiatives at his strategic communications firm, Robinson Lerer & Montgomery LLC in New York. But he’s also concerned about a type of pollution that even Al Gore has yet to tackle: digital pollution.

The recent growth of information sources such as blogs, social networks, news aggregators, microblogs like Twitter, instant messaging and e-mail has been exponential. And with broadband penetration among active Internet users expected to break 90% this year, according to Internet marketing firm Website Optimization LLC, there aren’t many people today who haven’t experienced some form of information overload


A Better Pencil

January 4, 2010 | Posted By

Source: Oxford University Press
Author: Dennis Baron
Date:  August 2009

A Better Pencil puts our complex, still-evolving hate-love relationship with computers and the internet into perspective, describing how the digital revolution influences our reading and writing practices, and how the latest technologies differ from what came before. The book explores our use of computers as writing tools in light of the history of communication technology, a history of how we love, fear, and actually use our writing technologies–not just computers, but also typewriters, pencils, and clay tablets. Dennis Baron shows that virtually all writing implements–and even writing itself–were greeted at first with anxiety and outrage: the printing press disrupted the “almost spiritual connection” between the writer and the page; the typewriter was “impersonal and noisy” and would “destroy the art of handwriting.” Both pencils and computers were created for tasks that had nothing to do with writing. Pencils, crafted by woodworkers for marking up their boards, were quickly repurposed by writers and artists. The computer crunched numbers, not words, until writers saw it as the next writing machine. Baron also explores the new genres that the computer has launched: email, the instant message, the web page, the blog, social-networking pages like MySpace and Facebook, and communally-generated texts like Wikipedia and the Urban Dictionary, not to mention YouTube.


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