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Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Information overload  
So, I'm writing an essay on the problems caused by information overload in the pre-electronic era, and whether or not information technology has ameliorated those problems. My first search for relevant references returns approx 500 hits, in full-text. Overloaded with information about information overload? Does that count as irony?

(As part of this research I read Craig Brod's Technostress (1984). Brod argues that excessive use of computers is making people anti-social, impatient of imperfection, and generally tired and introverted, preferring to interact with machines. And this was years before the 'net went mainstream. It made me pause for a few minutes, and re-think whether I really needed to update my P2 and hook up broadband. For a few minutes, anyway.)


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