Do you ever think that maybe we’re out-pacing ourselves?
When I was in cegep, I took a course taught by my wonderful friend about Information Overload. It’s not a new subject by any stretch. People have been talking about it since the advent of home computing. Information is more accessible than ever. Anything we want ot know is literally at our finger tips at any given moment. (Unless you stumble into one of the inexplicable dead zones like the back half of my local grocery store…)
That kind of access to information has a strange impact on us as a society. For one thing, it hasn’t made us into a more informed and educated society as some might have optimistically assumed. Not uniformly, at any rate. Nor has it particularly increased how much information we can process and retain. Biology has its limits. What has happened, though, is we’ve become information hoarders.
Think about it – we now have the capacity to store vast amounts of data, be it on harddrives, cloud servers or those nifty little rectangles we carry in our pockets. Almost effortlessly you can amass collections of thousands of books, hundreds of hours of music and movies, dozens of videogames and bookmark folders crammed with articles and blog posts you intend to get to eventually. But really, who has time to consume that much media? We have lives and jobs and responsibilities, and sometimes it’s just really nice outside and we want to go sit in the park for a few hours.
So when does it stop? When do we get the chance to get caught up? Well, we don’t, really. We are living in a content-driven society, where relevance is dependent on constantly producing new content. Blink and you’ll miss it. I have to ask – does this seem healthy to you?
On an unrelated note, I’ve decided to shift the schedule for posting new stories to every two weeks, in order to give myself the time I need to produce work I’m really satisfied with. So Part Four will be going up on May 8th instead of May 1st.