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Information overload is so 1971

One of my masters students happened to dredge up a quote from Herbert Simon that nails the problem of information overload.  And then I have to laugh when I see that he was thinking about this back in 1971.  This from the description of Attention economy in Wikipedia:

" an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it" (Simon, 1971, Designing Organizations for an Information-Rich World, p 40-41.).

The focus of the quote is on attention, but that is the problem of information overload - we lose the ability to focus our attention on those things that really need it.

Love the title of the book too!

And I see this isn't the first time this quote has opened my eyes.  I knew it sounded familiar!

Necessary But Not Sufficient, 2nd pass

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