Friday Sep 19, 2008

Information Overload is a Myth

Clay Shirky Busts The Myth Of Information Overload At Web 2.0 Expo. Nice piece here from Mitch Wagner, who summarizes Shirky as saying that "privacy problems occur when outbound information filters break ... information overload occurs when inbound filters break." And the core of the argument is that the Internet has broken all the traditional filters we've lived with for many years (in some cases hundreds of years).

Broken filters. I agree. But another way to look at broken filters is basic personal attention management. You can choose to be overloaded with information by flitting around all over the place, or you can choose to filter yourself and focus on something. The filters don't have to be outside yourself in the form of editors or publishers or software tools. You have control. You can decide what gets your attention.

Friday Feb 16, 2007

Always On

Seems people with all these mobile devices are working longer and longer -- Survey: Blackberry owners chained to work. Well, if that makes them happy, more power to them. Not me, though. I already work too many hours and need to cut back. At times, I can do this pretty well, but occasionally I fall back into my pattern. I'm still interested in working more efficiently and with a higher degree of focus than I am in doing more things in even more hours. I actually want to do less. Much less. Longer and harder and "always on" have only negative connotations to me at this point. Now, having full mobility while you are working a project is beneficial in many ways, but if that means you never stop working then that's a problem.

From the article: "Contrary to shiny happy ads suggesting we do more in less time, in fact, there is evidence to suggest that we simply do more, more of the time," analysts Kaan Yigit and David Ackerman said.

That's been my experience, too.

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