David Shenk on Data Smog

The journalist and author talks to CJR about information overload

Journalist David Shenk has been writing about the topic of information overload for over a decade. In his 1997 book Data Smog, Shenk was one of the first to identify the problem, explore it in detail, and propose some possible solutions. CJR’s Russ Juskalian recently talked with Shenk about information overload and its ramifications for journalism.



Edited by Betwa Sharma

This article is part of our online supplement to the November/December print issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. To read that issue’s cover story, entitled “Overload!: Journalism’s battle for relevance in an age of too much information”, click here.

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Russ Juskalian is a contributor to The Observatory and a freelance writer.