Tuesday, November 04, 2008

It's not information overload: It's broken filters

DigitalNow 2009 Keynote speaker Clay Shirky spoke earlier this year at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York City. Web writer Mitch Wagner offers a thorough and insightful review of Clay's presentation. Highlights include:
  • "Information overload" started in the 1500s, with the invention of the printing press; that was the first time in history that there were more books than one person could read.

  • This overload made it necessary for someone to identify what was worth reading and what was not; this role naturally fell to the publishers.

  • The internet broke the "publisher as filter" model because it removed the barriers to publishing, giving anyone with a keyboard the opportunity to produce and distribute content.

  • Our information overload situation has been escalated from a problem to a fact, and wherever overload is, so will we find broken filters.

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