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    DescriptionImagine if a student spent as much time managing information as celebrities doted on dieting? While eating too much food may be the basis of a moral panic about obesity, excessive information is rarely discussed as a crisis of a similar scale. Obviously, plentiful and high quality food is not a problem if eating is balanced with exercise. But without the skills of media and information literacy, students and citizens wade through low quality online information that fills their day yet does not enable intellectual challenge, imagination and questioning. Digital Dieting: From information obesity to intellectual fitness probes the social, political and academic difficulties in managing large quantities of low quality information. But this book does not diagnose a crisis. Instead, Digital Dieting provides strategies to develop intellectual fitness that sorts the important from the irrelevant and the remarkable from the banal. In April 2010, and for the first time, Facebook received more independent visitors than Google. Increasingly there is a desire to share rather than search. But what is the impact of such a change on higher education? If students complain that the reading is "too hard," then one response is to make it easier. If students complain that assignments are too difficult, then one way to manage this challenge is to make the assignments simpler. Both are passive responses that damage the calibre of education and universities in the long term. Digital Dieting: From information obesity to intellectual fitness provides active, conscious, careful and applicable strategies to move students and citizens from searching to researching, sharing to thinking, and shopping to reading.

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    Digital Dieting
    From Information Obesity to Intellectual Fitness
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tara Brabazon
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    ISBN 13: 9781472409379
    ISBN 10: 147240937X

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    New edition
    Illustrations note
    Includes 13 b&w illustrations
    Ashgate Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Ashgate Publishing Limited
    Publication date
    04 November 2013
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    Author Information
    Tara Brabazon is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Teacher Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia
    Review quote
    'This book provides a new and fresh dimension on how much media really enhances the learning experience, and bridges the gap between learners and best practice. It is an honest , direct and powerful reflection on the reality of day-to-day lectures and the challenges of (over) using technologies to enrich the learning experience.' Dr Maria A. Rodriguez-Yborra, The University of Bolton, UK'Brabazon confronts directly and in very practical ways the critical issues that underpin the apparently irresistible 'revolution' in teaching and learning promised by the Internet and related new technologies. This is a vital book, generous, thought provoking and always useful. I would recommend it to all who want to understand the challenges of teaching in today's information rich world including managers who are accountable for improving the student experience and the quality of teaching and learning at their institutions.' Nazlin Bhimani, Research Support & Special Collections Librarian, Institute of Education, University of London, UK 'This book is a passionate polemic, informed and necessary. - This work is highly recommended for anyone interested in the theory, practice and future of information literacy, or in teaching and technology.' SCONUL Focus
    Table of contents
    Contents: Introduction: digital detox; Section 1 Context: From information obesity to digital dieting; Take the red pill: a new matrix of literacy. Section 2 Intervention: Mayhem, methods, magic: teaching and learning about hearing and listening; Learning to leisure? When social media becomes educational media. Section 3 From Social media to media Literacies: The iPad effect: conspicuous consumption and wasted learning; Note to self: note taking and the control of information; Dead media: know when to fold 'em, know when to run; Conclusion: digital fitness; Index.