Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Blogging Helps Reduce Information Overload?

Here's a different take on blogging. On the one hand we know that blogging has exploded in popularity, with millions of new blogs to discover, bookmark, and keep up with. OK, so blogging offers intriguing glimpses into the day's events, filtered through the minds of bloggers, but at the cost of investing the time to read them.

On the other hand, bloggers tend to specialize their interests, thus breaking the massive information flows generated in today's world into manageable bite size chunks:

"Bloggers actually act like filters for the day's news, for the day's gossip and commentary," researcher Darren Sharp says.

"They actually tailor the mass of information that is out there into a scale that's really fit for human consumption."

Still feeling the effects of information overload?

Darren Sharp's final words of advice are perhaps among the simplest to adopt. "Sometimes, it pays to switch off the computer and go for a walk on the beach," he says.

Now, if only I had a beach to go for a walk on. Oh well, the backyard will just have to do.



At 11:07 PM, Blogger Krystal P said...

I have to admit, I had never heard of blogging until I started your class. I haven't really been able to get myself really into it either. I suppose it's just that I don't have the time to be reading through other's hard enough to find time to write my own. That is a pretty good point, though, that bloggers sort of pick out the most interesting news for the day. Comes in handy I suppose.


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