Information Anxiety 2 made me anxious
Information Anxiety 2 by Richard Saul Wurman, fin 7/06. Rather than give cures to information anxiety, though it offers a few, this book ends up describing the author’s philosophy, in a ‘this is how I do stuff, and it works for me so it should work for you’ kind of way. I still like the book, though, as it challenges you to think differently about a lot of things. For example, RSS feeds are often touted as a key to reducing information overload, since you can create your own news channels, cutting down on the noise. But Wurman says personalized news is a horrible idea, since it’s often the noise that leads to the creative breakthroughs. OK, but. How do I know how much noise to let through in order to have that breakthrough? But still, an interesting read. More notes to come
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