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DATA SMOG
Surviving the Information Glut

by David Shenk

“DATA SMOG is an indispensable guide to the big picture of technology’s cultural impact.”
The New York Times

“Shenk has written a concise, insightful and welcome critique of the communications world we have created.”
The Chicago Tribune

“DATA SMOG is the Silent Spring for the Digital Age.”
The Boston Globe

“Shenk pens a mind-jarring look of this presence and its effect on our culture...with a combination of intelligence, thoughtfulness, facts and wit.”
The Tulsa World

“A must-read for technophiles and neo-Luddites alike.”
The New York Post

“If you’re looking for a survival guide for the information age, this is your book.”
The Houston Chronicle

“Regardless of where you stand, both books [What Will Be and Data Smog] make good reading. Read Dertouzos to find out where we're headed, and Shenk to find out how to make the best of it once we get there.”
The Washington Post

“This is a marvelous book.”
The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin)

“...elegant...a blessing...Shenk has dealt with his task with a suprising economy of prose and sharpness of wit.”
Toronto Globe and Mail

Data Smog is a fascinating and important book...go and get yourself a copy. Unplug the phone, turn off the TV, and spend a few hours receiving data at a more human speed.”
Omni Magazine Online

“Shenk is a gifted writer and Data Smog is a rare feat: an entertaining sermon.”
Forecast magazine

“Stunningly eloquent.”
PC Magazine Online

“A valuable book....If everyone who isn’t yet online read Data Smog before joining America Online or getting Net access, their lives — and the Net itself — would have a much better shot at staying sane.”
Salon

“Required reading for anyone in the Internet news business.”
Editor & Publisher Interactive

“David Shenk forced me to re-evaluate my longstanding faith in the intrinsic benefits of networking technology. A whole lot of us are crying out for more when we might be better saying ‘enough.’”
— Douglas Rushkoff

“[An] informed critique of the media technology revolution...Shenk[’s] book is a good counterpoint to [Bill] Gates’ techno-utopianism.
— Jack Powers, NYU

“Over the past 150 years, humanity solved the problem of information scarcity. In solving it, we created the problem of information glut, incoherence and meaninglessness. David Shenk’s brilliant book names the problem, describes it, explains it and-God bless him-offers us help in coping with it.”
— Neil Postman

“David Shenk has written a brilliant confirmation of the fact  that information is neither knowledge nor wisdom, and that too much data can dull the mind. One should read this splendid book very soon, while the mind is still intact.”
— Roger Rosenblatt

Data Smog is quite wonderful...a smart warning by a savvy aficionado of cyber-culture to be wary of too much of a good thing.”
— Orville Schell

“This book breaks new ground. Here you will find a public ethic for an era of too-much information, delivered in a succinct and heroically civil style that puts to shame an entire shelf of books on the coming media environment. Shenk is a citizen writing for other beleaguered citizens...Data Smog is really a book about democracy and what it will take to keep that troubled idea alive and breathing in years ahead.”
— Jay Rosen, Director, Project on Public Life and the Press, New York University

“This book is an oxygen mask. Take it along when you need to breathe.This careful, informed, and passionate argument should take the stuffing right out of the cheerleaders of the (indiscriminate) Information Age.”
— Andrei Codrescu

Data Smog offers a rare combination of extensive research, clear thinking, lucid writing, and valuable advice. It’s a must for anybody feeling overwhelmed but underserved by today’s information sources.”
— Edward Tenner, author, Why Things Bite Back


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