Bit Literacy and Information Anxiety

June 23, 2006 at 2:23 pm 1 comment

I'm reading Information Anxiety 2 by Richard Saul Wurman et. al.

Just started, but there's a discussion of 'bit literacy' : "An awareness of bits: what bits are, how they affect our lives, and how we can survive in a society permeated by bits"

With the explosion of digital information, the bit literate have the solution to keep themselves free from information anxiety: Let the bits go.  Don't sign up for newsletters, keep your inbox empty, don't always allow your phone to interrupt you, don't open new bitstreams, e.g. news ticker, ongoing feeds…the remaining bits are the valuable ones.

This reminds me of discussion on the creating passionate users site: the myth of keeping up in fact this is probably the place I heard about the book.

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