Kim Leeder at Envirolibrarian has a brief review of the 1997 book by David Shenk, Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut, which says that the amount of information easily available to people ends up harming more than helping civic participation. It sounds like an interesting book; I wasn’t aware of it. Since that book Shenk has put out two others: The Forgetting: Alzheimer’s: Portrait of an Epidemic (Doubleday, 2001), and The End of Patience: More Notes of Caution on the Information Revolution (Indiana University Press, 1999).
I’m thoroughly intrigued and plan to look into these. Thanks, Kim.