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Information overload strains U.S. economy

high-res-cover-with-foreword1Today in Intro to Media, we’re going to talk about books, media literacy and information overload.

Jonathan Spira, author of a book called “Overload!” says millions of Americans are swamped with digital information and it cost the U.S. economy nearly $1 trillion in 2010. (See stories of overloaded Americans here.)

Spira writes:

  • Reading and processing just 100 e-mail messages can occupy over half of a worker’s day.
  • It takes five minutes to get back on track after a 30 second interruption.
  • For every 100 people who are unnecessarily copied on an e-mail, eight hours are lost.
  • 58 percent of government workers spend half the workday filing, deleting, or sorting information, at a cost of almost $31 billion dollars.
  • 66 percent of knowledge workers feel they don’t have enough time to get all of their work done. Continue reading

Why Journalism Matters: 10 Reasons

1-IMG_2033 copy10 Reasons Why Journalism Matters

  1. Journalism is part of the bedrock of our democratic society. “Journalism exposes corruption, draws attention to injustice, holds politicians and businesses accountable for their promises and duties. It informs citizens and consumers, helps organize public opinion, explains complex issues and clarifies essential disagreements. Journalism plays an irreplaceable role in both democratic politics and market economies.”1
  2. Journalism reminds us of our freedoms. A 2012 survey showed only 13 percent of respondents were able to name freedom of the press as one of five freedoms protected by the First Amendment. “While Americans remain generally supportive of First Amendment freedoms, it’s clear that as a nation we need to re-energize our efforts to provide education about those rights, starting with understanding what they are.”2
  3. Journalism emphasizes the importance of truth-tellers and explainers. “Journalists are not merely purveyors of facts.”3 They carry out vital work in the public interest. Continue reading