Reducing Information Pollution

Email, Digital Photography, and the Hole in our Historical Record

Source: Nathan Zeldes's blog
Author: Nathan Zeldes
Date: 04/30/2017
Excerpt: Five millennia of written record are about to grind to a halt. The fault, of course, is with our marvelous digital inventions: email, instant messaging, social media, and so on. So much better than a posted letter on paper, or papyrus, or parchment, or clay – as fast as an electric current or radio wave, cheap, reliable… but totally ephemeral. Clay tablets survive for millennia; paper can, absent major disaster, stay legible for many centuries. Email disappears, most of it as soon as you hit DELETE, but even the rest, the messages you archive in folders, will not survive for more than a decade or two.
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Email, Digital Photography, and the Hole in our Historical Record

Source: Nathan Zeldes's blog
Author: Nathan Zeldes
Date: 04/30/2017
Excerpt: Five millennia of written record are about to grind to a halt. The fault, of course, is with our marvelous digital inventions: email, instant messaging, social media, and so on. So much better than a posted letter on paper, or papyrus, or parchment, or clay – as fast as an electric current or radio wave, cheap, reliable… but totally ephemeral. Clay tablets survive for millennia; paper can, absent major disaster, stay legible for many centuries. Email disappears, most of it as soon as you hit DELETE, but even the rest, the messages you archive in folders, will not survive for more than a decade or two.
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Email management tips and tools you can’t live without

An infographic about email overload and its solutions.

Source: Quill.com
Author: Eugene Feygin
Date: 11/11/2016
Excerpt: Each and every day, 193.3 billion emails are sent around the world. More than half of those are business emails. The average person spends 28 percent of the workweek reading and responding to email, which equates to 13 hours a week. So what do we do about all this email dependence? Thankfully there are tools and strategies to cut down on inbox overload and get organized.
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ART REVIEW: DiRico’s ‘Data Sets’ comments on information overload at Montserrat

Source: Marblehead
Author: Keith Powers
Date: 01/16/2017
Excerpt: Get ready for the onslaught of small data. Or non-data. Anti-data. Anything but big data. Katherine Mitchell DiRico's exhibition "Data Sets," on view through Feb. 4 at Montserrat College's Schlosberg Gallery, wants you to think about data, implies data, and establishes an aesthetic around data - all without any data. Her delicate, barely visible wall installations - pinned wire, some string, pencil marks, shockingly little color - look like carelessly copied musical scores, or perverse renderings of DaVinci's geometric anatomical drawings. Pinned wire and string emanate from a central, tangled cluster, stretching out into incoherent, unequal directions.
 

Information overload: how it can make our brain freeze, even lower our IQ

Source: Manorama
Author: Dr Rajeev Jayadevan
Date: 01/18/2017
Excerpt: A study was done in Israel about the chances of a prisoner getting parole from the judge in court. It was found that the first few prisoners who appeared in court during the day had a greater chance
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Nintendo Switch: Information Overload, But In A Good Way

Source: A New Domain
Author: Mike Olsen
Date: 01/18/2017
Excerpt: aNewDomain — Information overload. That’s the only way to describe Nintendo’s last night’s pair of lives stream events about the hotly-anticipated Nintendo Switch. But let’s not bury the lede. Pricing and Zelda were the biggest questions on gamer’s minds going into the broadcast. And Nintendo, at long last, had answers. The Switch will retail in the US at $299. Most in the industry speculated an initial price point of $249, yet the pricing aligns nicely with the Xbox One and the PS4. Given the Switch is a hybrid gaming console and portable gaming device, I doubt many will balk at that price.
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How Brands Can Build Meaningful Experiences in the Age of Information Overload

Source: The Huffington Post
Author: Aimee Okafor
Date: 01/18/2017
Excerpt: We now spend 10 hours a day looking at a screen. That’s nearly half of our lives spent living in a virtual world. The iPhone was released just 10 years ago. Our existence has been radically transformed in a relatively short space of time. While it is hard to remember life before computers, research shows that we aren’t as effective on screens as we might think. We tested the effects of multi-screening on brand recall and found that when dealing with more than one device at a time, the mental strain decreases our attention and emotional response and eventually leads to cognitive collapse – which means people are looking, but they haven’t the mental energy to take more in (all too familiar a feeling in the connected lives we lead.)
 

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