Data, Greek Love, Choices

Data, Greek Love, Choices

Today: another day where I sit amazed at the information stream I’ve set up for myself. Emails, website, tweets, etc, tons of stuff I WANT to process. Add to that the stream of stuff I “should” read. It’s really mind blowing.

I consider, though, “why?”  It’s hits me that is rather new. Must of my life, getting access to information required more effort. I needed to subscribe to a magazine or journal, go to a library, etc. Plus, editors and publishers weeded the irrelevant (ostensibly, at least). I never needed to invest time in determining whether I was investing in worthwhile information.

Now, knowledge races towards me. Things that would’ve required hours, of not days, of research I can now access from my bed. And it’s all there… ALL, good, bad, useful and not…all. And I value that, democratizing information, even with the added burden.

I’m working on the control skills. Really, though, the challenge is gluttony, on my part. I love knowing stuff, especially the eclectic, unusual. Perhaps a little showing off, but also it just makes me giddy. And that’s really my challenge: I want to read it all. How do I prioritize it, chose which this to ignore? Hmm… indeed…

Carl Setzer

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