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The Too-Much-Information Age

Posted on August 6th, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Found this great 1999 Washington Post article while googling Dino for the previous post. Still fairly relevant. It’s about both the deluge and fragility of information and the challenges that librarians face in preserving and sharing all this new and old info. The Too-Much-Information Age:

The information glut is hardly the apocalypse that some imagined might come about at the millennium. The world’s not ending, it’s just becoming incomprehensible. The complaint of every university professor is that there is no way to keep up to date with the research even in a narrowly defined field. At academic conferences, people with PhDs find themselves baffled by the lectures of their colleagues. The expertise is too extreme. There is no common body of knowledge, no common language.

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