It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure
Information overload has been around since the introduction of the printing press; so why do we still consider it to be a new problem?
Clay Shirky, New York University new-media professor, writer, and consultant argues that the problem isn’t information overload, it’s filter failure:
“What we’re dealing with now is not the problem of information overload, because we’re always dealing (and always have been dealing) with information overload…Thinking about information overload isn’t accurately describing the problem; thinking about filter failure is.”
Watch the video below to hear Clay Shirky’s well-argued points:
The Gutenberg economic logic of publishing required that publishers act as filters. The Internet reduces the economic risks of publishing by allowing more and more information to be published at almost no cost.
This means it’s increasingly important for us to create better filters. Having access to information is great, but we need to filter and focus based on what we want to accomplish and what we need.
What kind of filters do you have in place to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed by too much information? Let me know in the comments.Related posts