Too Much Information – by Dave Gorman

8 05 2015

Or to give it its full title:

“Too Much Information …or can everyone just shut up for a moment, some of us are trying to think.” – by Dave Gorman

This book doesn’t follow a journey like America Unchained, Are You Dave Gorman, or Googlewhack Adventure, but instead takes all sorts of bits and pieces as bitesize chapters. There’s a lot of overlap with some of his stand up work, I’ve seen him live a couple of times and watched his show ‘Modern Life is Goodish‘ on Dave (the TV channel, not him!) and so some of it was familiar, and yet it was still just as funny to go through again!

This definitely covers some of the same material of the said TV show as the main gripe that he deals with in this book, is the fact that wherever we go these days we are bombarded with information everywhere. He shares anecdotes and geeky bits of information from all aspects of life. There’s a relatively hefty focus on social media and technology, which is to be expected, and advertising creeps in a lot as well.

One little detail which really lifts the book is that each time he references a story, a video, a website, or anything like that, he puts a little custom url in the footnotes so that you can type something nice and short into your web browser and find what he’s talking about!

Some of my favourite chapters would be:

  • If It Isn’t One of Your Greatest Hits Don’t Put It on a Greatest Hits Album
  • I Know They Make Make-Up But I Wonder How They Make Up the Things They Say Their Make-Up Can Do?
  • Why Do The Tweets You See in Smartphone Adverts Look Nothing Like the Tweets You See in Real Life?
  • If I Was a Shopkeeper and Someone Asked Me for a Badger Glove Puppet I Wouldn’t Come Back Offering Them a Book
  • Does Jesus Have an IMDb Page?
  • If the Third and Fourth Words of Your Advert Are Lies, What Are We Supposed to Think of the Rest of It?
  • Nobody Can Explain How They Know What a Trumpet Is. They Just Know
  • What Is the ‘Next Customer Please’ Sign Really a Sign of, Other Than Our Desire to Never Speak to One Another?
  • Kids Will Be Kids Will Be Spammers
  • Why Do the Phones In HTC’s Adverts All Show The Same Time?

I know that seems like a lot, but the book has 40 chapters, some only one page, some much longer – as I say, it’s relatively bitesize. A couple of them fit together, but if you really wanted it would probably work as a dip in and out book as well as a cover to cover read.

Hilarious, entertaining and insightful most definitely.

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