The Problem of Information Obesity

The folks over at introduced me to my new favorite term today: information obesity. In the video segment, Lev Grossman talks about the addictive component of data: … we evolved — our brains and our bodies and everything in our society evolved– for an environment of information scarcity … and that our environment …


Who’s Your Filter?

One of the ways in which people deal with information overload is to use a filter to screen out unwanted information and eliminate the amount of time spent on non-essential topics. Filters can take many forms but one of the most common is simply the “trusted source” — a person …


Information vs. Distraction (Part 1)

In a recent commencement speech to the graduating class at Hampton University in Virginia, President Obama told students: “You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that …