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I think the best description of the problem I've read is The Shallows by Nicholas Carr. Not exactly his formulation, but in brief I would say that too much information is overwhelming us. Can you recommend other books? Or even URLs for non-shallow articles?
Some approaches towards solutions appear in The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli (based on the German Die Kunst des klaren Denkens : 52 Denkfehler, die Sie besser anderen uÌberlassen . Again, better references would be greatly appreciated, especially as regards the problem of disaster porn overwhelming journalism...
Seems to be a rather forlorn search for a secret Santa, eh? On today's Slashdot you'd be wasting your time with a lantern when you need a siren to drive off the trolls.