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Todd I. Stark July 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Thanks, interesting perspective.

I suspect it’s not the information overload that actually gets you, it’s the organization underload.

We can handle truly massive amounts of information if it is organized in such a way that we can “chunk” it. Think of a phone book. Or the Dewey Decimal System or Library of Congress catalog. There’s an enormous amount of information there, but ordered so that we can find what we want on our own terms. The modern dilemma is that we deliberately allow ourselves to be surrounded by channels whose sole purpose is to distract us with every trivial new message rather than organize them into a form that we can peruse on our own terms.

Then we complain that we are getting too much information. The problem is that the economics of providing information controls the organization. News sources, advertisers, and gossip all compete for our attention with information we deliberately subscribe to, and pretty much through the same channels since we sensibly make every attempt to minimize the number of channels we have to attend.

My perspective is that the deleterious effects of information overload are not intrinsic to the volume of information per se but to its lack of structure due to the motivations behind its delivery and the manner in which it is delivered in order to compete for our attention.

The solution, adequate filtering of the channels we attend, fights an economic battle similar to the one that prevents manufacturers from developing working devices that record television programs that edit out commercials.

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Taj A. July 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Rick, I believe that the human brain is a marvelous organ that will eventually learn to adjust to the overwhelming onslaught of information that is hurled at it each day. This amazing organ will begin to quickly scan the material and systematically weed out what is unnecessary and/or uninteresting. In the interim, we can help our minds along by going through some of our inboxes, both electronic and old-fashioned, and deciding, for whatever reasons, what is acceptable and what is not. Before long, all it will take is a quick glance to know whether the information goes to “File 13.” We can also organize and overcome information clutter by using simple yet effective techniques.

For example, I know some people who walk straight to the trash can and shredder when they retrieve the day’s mail. Sorting becomes a quick process with bills going in one stack, other important mail going in another, and the infamous junk mail heading straight to the trash bin. The same thing can be done with electronic mail. All it takes is a few minutes time. We also need to be careful about the sites that we visit on the Internet and the tendency to, sometimes unknowingly, sign up for email communications from every Tom, Dick and Harry out in cyberworld. The information consumer has to take control of this situation because the information pushers will only increase in numbers and intensity.

Rick July 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Interesting posts today.

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