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Too Much Information: Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us Are Trying to Think [Kindle Edition]

Dave Gorman
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Book Description

It’s hard to imagine a world where anything you could possibly want to know about – and everything you don’t even know you want to know about – isn't accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with just a few taps of our fingers. But that world once existed. And Dave Gorman remembers it. He remembers when there were only three channels on TV. He remembers when mobile phones were the preserve of arrogant estate agents and yuppie twonks. And he remembers when you had to unplug your phone to plug the computer into the landline in order to use the (crippling slow) internet.



Nowadays of course, the world is full of people trying to tell us things. So much so that we have taught our brains not to pay much attention. After all, click the mouse, tap the screen, flick the channel and it's on to the next thing. But Dave Gorman thinks it's time to have a closer look, to find out how much nonsense we tacitly accept.



Suspicious adverts, baffling newspaper headlines, fake twitter, endless cat videos, insane TV shows where the presenters ask the same questions over and over.



Can we even hear ourselves think over the rising din? Or is there just too much information?


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"In the study of modern miscellany Dave Gorman is the equivalent of a professor emeritus" (Independent)

"Dave Gorman is funny and brilliant in equal measure" (The Times)

"Gorman turns his astute, observational wit on the rampant information age in which we live" (Daily Mail)

Book Description

Bestselling author Dave Gorman thinks we're suffering from information overload. How much do we really pay attention to? Dave intends to find out.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1768 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091928494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091928490
  • ASIN: B00IA4C8NU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dave Gorman is a Perrier Award-nominated comedian and writer. His TV work has earned him two BAFTAs for The Mrs Merton Show as well as his own two BBC2 series.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Badger glove puppets 5 Sept. 2014
Format:Paperback
An unlikely move into badger based glove puppetry - another great read by Dave Gorman. Couldn't put it down. I'm sure 47% of 34 people will agree.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Dave Gorman, despite his success in comedy, according to a British poll, is one of those few men, after Mother Teresa (and Richard Branson), who could be eligible to write the Ten Commandments and yet here he turns his attention to Badger based glove puppetry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not about the badger. 7 Oct. 2014
Format:Paperback
I am huge fan of Dave but I'm not sure that this foray into Badger based puppetry is a wise or foolish move. What about other woodland based animal puppets? It would only take the addition of a mole, water rat and toad hand puppets and Dave could reenact Wind in the Willows, what a missed opportunity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed 13 Nov. 2014
Format:Paperback
Gorman's take on badger-based glove-puppetry represents an interesting departure...

Seriously, though, I bought this book after thoroughly enjoying DG's latest TV show 'Modern Life is Goodish' and was intrigued to find that some of the pieces he's done for this show are presented in the written form within the pages of this book. However, the mock outrage that he does well on TV (or on stage, for that matter) doesn't work as well when written down, so what we have here is, to be honest, a series of exasperated rants about modern life which at times overdoes it on the pedantry. Some parts of this I liked, and even found myself nodding along to, others less so. At no point did I laugh out loud, though, which was a shame; as a result, I found myself slightly disappointed.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was looking for a story of one man and ... 10 Sept. 2014
Format:Paperback
I was looking for a story of one man and his badger glove puppet... With this book I got that and a whole lot more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Excellent read (the font and spacing is spot on for those of us with slightly older eyes) step away from the internet for a day and learn a bit about how it's watching you.
Glad to see he also goes deeper into the world of badger glove puppetry
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Dave - It didn't quite do it for me 16 Nov. 2014
By Mr. D. Clark VINE VOICE
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I’ve been a big fan of Dave Gorman for a very long time now – bought all his other books, watched all of his TV shows and DVDs, and seen three of his stage shows. I suppose that it’s inevitable that sooner or later I was going to be a little bit disappointed with one of his offerings, and I’m afraid ‘Too Much Information’ is it. Basically: -
• Although quite a bit of the book is material is new – or new to me anyway – quite a bit of it isn’t. For example – the 10:08 rule material is thought provoking and funny, but I first heard it in The Powerpoint Presentation stage show a couple of years ago, and then again in the first series of Modern Life is Goodish. I’m sorry, Dave, but maybe it’s time to put that stuff out to grass.
• I agree with other people who have suggested that there isn’t a great deal of ‘light and shade’ in this book either – Dave is never less than thought provoking and funny, but at times the pedantry in some of the sections here just didn’t quite ring true with me.
• The great difference between this and his other previous books – Are You Dave Gorman? – The Googlewhack Adventure – America Unchained and Dave Gorman vs. The Rest Of The World – is that each of these has a narrative, which manages to be both entertaining, and something that takes the reader on a journey with Dave. This doesn’t.
So while I don’t blame Dave for one minute for trying something different, for me in terms of style this is really just a collection of thought pieces, and doesn’t satisfy as a whole in the way that the rest of his books do.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Another fantastic book from Dave Gorman. Very funny at times, but also makes you think about the way the modern world works (or doesn't!). Not sure what I make of his work in badger-based glove puppetry though - not the most obvious career move!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of topics covered in a very funny way, including some...
Yet again a fantastic read from Dave. A lot of the material seems to have gone into the TV series "Modern Life is Good-ish", which I think indicates it's worthy of a tv... Read more
Published 16 days ago by David Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad-ger!
Gorman veers wildlybaway from his normal territory here with this instructional guide to making a badger glove puppet. Read more
Published 20 days ago by supersquirrell
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Gorman's style of humour this will appeal to you.
If you like Gorman's style of humour this will appeal to you, it's less a book than a collection of pieces (essays is way too strong a word) and there is a feeling he was trying... Read more
Published 21 days ago by florian
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read from the puppet extrordinaire
Brilliant book, couldn't put it down, definitely one for all you badger glove puppet fans out there.
Published 29 days ago by Jon Ingham
5.0 out of 5 stars An unlikely but excellent move into badger sock puppetry
An unlikely but excellent move into badger sock puppetry... Very chuffed thanks Dave, at least you're taller than JK Rowling
Published 1 month ago by Seth Edmunds
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 coolest facts about badger hand puppets
1. Badgers jaws cannot be dislocated
2. Fingers are the densest nerves in you're body
3. Puppetry is the oldest form of theatre and was invented by William Shakespeare's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MJ Buckham
5.0 out of 5 stars and I loved it. Especially keen on having Dave Gorman read ...
only one thing to say about this one.... it's an unlikely move into badger-based glove puppetry; and I loved it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Vowles
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read and jam-packed with glove-puppetry!
I have been a fan of Dave Gorman for many years. I have enjoyed his stand-up comedy, his TV shows and his books. O the whole this offering does not disappoint. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Buttonboots
5.0 out of 5 stars Badgers, Laughs, Huffs and Puffs and Tuts!
Dave Gorman writes with humour and intelligence and this book is no exception. It made me laugh, it made me think, it made me cry (except it didn't make me cry! Read more
Published 2 months ago by HornseaBird
5.0 out of 5 stars He's obsessed with Badger Glove Puppets it would seem! ...
He's obsessed with Badger Glove Puppets it would seem! he's always going on about things. This book has been an unlikely, and bold, move into badger-based glove puppetry.
Published 2 months ago by Alex
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