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Information environmentalism

information environmentalism n.

The movement that seeks to reduce information overload and its
effects on peoples' lives.
--information environmentalist n.

Example Citations
There's a growing "information environmentalism" movement in the
United States against the overwhelming torrent of more media than any
mind can cope with. Gurus of the movement are said to be throwing
away their TV sets with the same ideological zeal with which feminist
women are said, in the age just after the age of steam trains, to
have burned their bras.
--"Dear Madge," Canberra Times (Canberra, Australia), May 30, 2004

The information age, it seems, is data-contaminated. And it's not
just the volume of information that's worrisome; it's the lack of
context in which it's delivered.

At least that is the argument of a new and growing group of people
some call "information environmentalists." Their aim: to reclaim
quiet mental space from the chirping persistence of cellphones,
personal digital assistants, instant messaging, niche cable channels,
and a virtual landscape littered with news, entertainment, and sales

"We are ready to see this new kind of information environmentalism,
ready to ask about the pollution of our experience and our
attention," says David Levy, professor at the University of
Washington's Information School.
--Dean Paton, "E-serenity, now!," Christian Science Monitor (Boston,
MA), May 10, 2004

Earliest Citation
We no longer have information access but rather information excess
and a massive pollution problem in the making. The landfills of our
minds are brimming beyond capacity. If something is not done soon, we
will need a Superfund of the intellect to clean up the muck in each
of our heads. ...

George Bush promised to be our "environmental president." On the
information issue, however, he has failed miserably. For a time he
held firm, recycling one phrase -- "read my lips" -- over and over.
When pressed on the issue of taxes while jogging, he altered only one
letter: "Read my hips." This restraint nobly showed his information
--Mark Hall, "Purging information overload," Computerworld, February
11, 1991

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See Also
data fast:

e-mail fatigue:

information fatigue syndrome:

information pollution:

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Science - Environment:

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