The second part of the book takes us from theory into practice where he offers his recommendations for the Information Diet. Rather than take the philosophy of information overload community and productivity books that are aimed at helping you get “everything done” and in the process help you continue to consume too much information, he provides some principles for taming our information gluttony.
If you’ve been through weight watchers, you’ll immediately make a connection to some of the techniques he suggests. For example, keeping a journal of what you consume and taking incremental steps towards reducing it so it becomes a lifestyle change. Here, he draws from the work of Howard Rheingold when talking about data literacy and attention fitness as well as others and lays out an information diet that is intended to help us change in our daily habits. He doesn’t recommend quick fixes like “unplugging” which is the metaphorical equivalent to a crash diet because it doesn’t work.