Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, is best known as the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.
Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what’s going on in their communities, their cities and their governments. He still claims that he learned all he needs to know from a two year tour as the late-shift waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, GA.
Whenever anybody says anything in absolutes when it comes to public policy I'm a little freaked out, but especially when it comes to censorship.
The key to a healthy information diet is understanding that this stuff is about your health, not about productivity or politics or fact-checking.
An information diet has to be about personal responsibility.
When you click on an article you are voting. You’re telling an editor to produce more content like that at the expense of the stuff that you didn’t click on.
If you’re losing your sense of humor, if you’re not able to laugh at things, then what are you doing? It’s an indicator that maybe information that you’re consuming has more power over you than you have over...
Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, says that there's no such thing as information overload – only indiscriminate information overconsumption.