You can see it on Twitter every day, a year and a half after he coined it: Clay Shirky’s famous Filter failure meme; “It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure”.
It’s catchy. It’s thought-provoking. And yet, I believe, it’s also misleading.
If you believe information overload is a maladaptation than solutions – fancy and detailed as they may be – really just boil down to resisting destructive urges. . . . But if, by chance, information overload is within the realm of consciousness and under rational control, different solutions apply.