Complaints about information overload have a long history.
“The abundance of information has become a distraction….”
“We’re inundated with content that’s foolish, ignorant, libellous and mad….”
“Can there be no end to it?”
These laments came from Ecclesiastes in 930 BC, Seneca in the 1st century AD, and Erasmus in the 16th century when Gutenberg flooded the market with “thousands upon thousands of books.”
But with each explosion in information, there has also been an accompanying surge in transformative new methods for dealing with all the data. Public libraries, universal bibliographies, and encyclopaedias – all transformative, all giving people a way to handle the overload.
And now, again we find ourselves swimming in a tidal wave of information, trying to make sense of it all, looking for new ways of coping, new methods to successfully sift through the terabyte infoglut, a new approach to find what is relevant to us personally.