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Understanding Media Through Food: 8 Metaphors (pratik.is)
44 points by cyb_ 13 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 7 comments

Surprised that the article does not reference Lakoff and Johnsen's book Metaphors We Live By[1]. Whether one agrees with the metaphors or not, it's a welcome chance to step back and examine language at arm's length.

[1] https://nyshalong.com/public/archive/20150131/20150131_ref.p...

It seems to me that information is highly addictive. If I don’t feel constantly mentally stimulated during almost every waking hour I feel real agitation.

Stimulation and information are different. You can feel stimulated by things that aren't really informative, like movies and video games.

Even a lot of "informative" content has very low information content. A lot of news media packages little information in a very engaging way. Sadly, a lot of podcasts and TED talks follow the same playbook. (Those podcasts are my own particular addictive weakness.)

One of these days the pharmaceutical industry will create a blockbuster pill that's methadone for information withdrawal.

wow, this article is surprisingly good and well-written. exactly what I and my team need while building a company... less distraction and content consumption. thank you for whoever posted this, upvoted this and of course Pratik for writing this piece.

If you liked this article, there is a 2011 book called The Information Diet you will enjoy.



>In any democratic nation with the freedom of speech, information can never be as strongly regulated by the public as our food, water, and air. Yet information is just as vital to our survival as the other three things we consume. That’s why personal responsibility in an age of mostly free information is vital to individual and social health. If we want our communities and our democracies to thrive, we need a healthier information diet.”

>When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.”

>He builds on the analogy between food and information by arguing that just like we know we’re products of the food we eat, we must understand just how much we’re products of the information we consume — and consume accordingly. Yet the sheer amount of information available to us — 800,000 petabytes (a million gigabytes per petabyte) in the storage universe and 3.6 zettabytes (a million petabytes per zettabyte) consumed by American homes per day, expected to increase 44-fold by 2020 — is mind-boggling.

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