Published - Weekend Australian 5th April 2008.
John Naish recommends a data diet to cure us of our addiction to information. I’m been a self imposed diet for quite some time: I have no TV in my house, I’m on to my second master’s degree (which forces me to read books cover to cover and demonstrate that I have comprehended them) and my main source of music is live concerts. This works wonders. My home is a place for the family to bond, not a place to be bombarded by advertising. For entertainment we read, talk and play together. For information we read what we choose. For education we read, study, reflect and discuss. Avoiding infomania is not difficult but you do have to be prepared to be different.