The Problem of Information Obesity

The folks over at bloggingheads.tv introduced me to my new favorite term today: information obesity. In the video segment, Lev Grossman talks about the addictive component of data:

… we evolved — our brains and our bodies and everything in our society evolved– for an environment of information scarcity … and that our environment within the last 20 has flipped to an environment of information surplus. And our brains are still geared for scarcity so we gorge on data.

While Reihan Salam asks:

How does the [information] obesity manifest itself? What are the particular pathologies that it introduces?

It’s an interesting line of questioning. I can’t help wondering if blogging about information and infographics isn’t one symptom of a serious data addiction …

The video:

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