Reducing Information Pollution

Why do we blame information for our overload?

This is a chapter in a book that is “in press”.

Source: Ballard, D.I. and McGlone, M.S. (eds.): Work pressures: New agendas in communication
Author: Yoram M Kalman
Date: 01/01/2016
Excerpt: This chapter discusses the concept of information overload. Information overload is often cited by researchers, as well as by journalists and consultants, as one of the main causes of work-related pressures. My goal in this chapter is to explore what we refer to when we talk of "information overload," and to suggest that although the workplace pressures attributed to information overload are very real, the concept itself is vague and poorly defined. I then try to isolate the actual causes of the workplace pressures that currently fall under this all-inclusive term, and to unveil two underlying fallacies that hamper our ability to identify and address these causes. These lead me to propose a new agenda for researching and for dealing with these causes of workplace pressure.
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