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InformationOverload

Resource Name:  Community Wiki
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Information Overload  is the problem of dealing with the sheer amount of information available. It is the common ground between sorting through the news, sorting through email spam, and the problem of how to build a search engine. It is the problem of reading articles on the web, and getting the feeling that each one was important and valuable, and then afterwards deciding that you spent too much time reading articles on the web. The first problem is that there is too much junk to sort through; the deeper problem is that there is too much good stuff to sort through.

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Information Overload: Americans Consume 34 GB of Data Daily

Resource Author:  Barb Dybwod
Resource Date:  12/9/2009
Resource Name:  Mashable
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They say the soul weighs 21 grams, and now we have a measurement of the American mind on any given day: 34 gigabytes. According to a University of California, San Diego, study highlighted by The New York Times, the average American consumes 34 GB worth of content a day, including a whopping 100,000 words of information.

The report clarifies that we don’t necessarily parse a full 100,000 words per day, but that that rather astounding figure does cross our eyes and ears each 24-hour interval via multiple channels: the Web, TV, text messaging, radio, video games and more. (more…)

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Information Overload: What It Is And How You Can Avoid It

Resource Author:  Mikkel
Resource Date:  9/18/2008
Resource Name:  Design by Mikkel
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Information overload: are you affected by it? How can you better manage it? Are big companies giving us more and better information? How can you determine which information is worthwhile looking at? How to you decrease the noise created by the huge volume of info coming at you everyday?

Information overload is a two-sided problem: 1) The sender does not communicate her message efficiently 2) The receiver is unable to filter the information and evaluate which is the one she really needs.

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Information Overload: can we handle it?

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Resource Date:  11/7/2008
Resource Name:  Digital Natives Blog
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Although computer ubiquity is generally perceived in a positive light giving students continual access to the global community, there are some disadvantages that our Digital Native generation experiences. If DNs are continually surrounded by gadgets and computers how are they going to learn the importance of reflecting on issues? How will they learn to look for information anywhere beyond regular search engines like Google? (ie: libraries, interviewing others, etc.)

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The Internet is Frying Our Brains?: Keep Calm and Carry On with Research Please

Resource Author:  Sarah Zhang
Resource Date:  2/27/2009
Resource Name:  Digital Natives Blog
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If you just skim the headlines, it seems like we might be screwed: “Social websites harm children’s brains: Chilling warnings to parents from top neuroscientist,” “Facebook and Bebo risk ‘infantilising the human mind: Greenfield warns social networking sites are changing children’s brains, resulting in selfish and attention deficient young people,” “Oxford Scientist: Facebook Might Ruin Minds” or going straight for the punch, “Is Social Networking Killing You?” (more…)

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Top Ten Ways to Handle Email Overload

Resource Author:  Michael Angier
Resource Date:  3/1/2010
Resource Name:  Success Networks
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One of the biggest problems we face today is handling large quantities of information. Our technology and access to information is impressive but it’s a double-edged sword. It fills our minds and our lives with clutter. The challenge is to sort, filter, organize, discard and assimilate the massive amounts of data we’re exposed to on a daily basis. On an average day I receive over 150 emails—some days as many as 500. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. So what are we to do? Here are a few things I’ve found to help me manage my inbox better.

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Where’s My Interruption Manager? Not In One Place, I’m Afraid

Resource Author:  Daniel Tunkelang
Resource Date:  2/28/2010
Resource Name:  The Noisy Channel
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I hope everyone agrees that attention is a scarce good. But I’m curious how people measure it. After all, if we’re going to talk about an economic good being scarce, we ought to quantify it!

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Clay Shirkey on Information Overload as a Filter Problem

Resource Author:  Clay Shirky
Resource Date:  9/19/2008
Resource Name:  Web 2.0 Expo
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Clay Shirky’s take on it is that the information overload problem (at least as it pertains to email) is an email filtering problem, not an information overload problem.

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Internet suffering from information overload

Resource Author:  Andrew Kantor
Resource Date:  8/154/2007
Resource Name:  USA Today
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The Internet may be getting too big. Your first reaction to that should be to think I’m an idiot. It’s OK, I’m used to it. How can an information source be too big? How can there be too many books in the library, or too many movies, or too many music CDs? (more…)

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Information Anxiety 2

Resource Author:  Richard S Wurman
Resource Date:  12/28/2000
Resource Name:  amazon
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A follow up to the first edition, Information Anxiety 2 teaches critical lessons for functioning in today’s Information Age.

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