Friday, July 02, 2010

A New Level of Meta

A friend of a friend has a blog called InfoVegan, and it has nothing to do with your diet-diet.

It does have a lot to do with your "information diet," however, and it appears the author thinks you've had waay to many information trans-fats. I know I have.

In one post, he deconstructs "transparency".

Data makes watchdogging possible, sure, but more data makes watchdogging harder. Plus, for the transparency solution to work, people have to actually care enough to watchdog.

Long read, but very worthwhile.

Another one, Dealing With Information Overload describes the problem but also includes what you can do to prevent it.

For instance: if you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with the information you’re consuming, you’re diet is probably unhealthy. You’re consuming too much opinion and not enough fact.

This is some good stuff.

Update Saturday: Maitri has a similar post about information digestion.

Julie Starr of Evolving Newsroom makes a compelling case for consumers going to the news and actively filtering it instead of waiting for repetitive and useless bits of it to wash over us.



Maitri said...

Get out of my head, you. Did a meta post on information, how much information and the right kind of it, too.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...


It is a lot different from "Being John Malkovich," let me tellya.

patsbrother said...

Explain how any of this was "meta" so my feeble brain can comprehend.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Meta - In epistemology, the prefix meta is used to mean about (its own category). For example, metadata are data about data.

The "meta" part of these posts is that we are dealing with information about the delivery of information.