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Information Overload vs. Filter Failure – Clay Shirky


Just watched this video of a Clay Shirky speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo NY conference in September 2008.


In the video, Shirky repositions the problem of information overload as one of “filter failure”. Shirky provides many interesting examples of how changing web-based social information flows are altering previous social contracts around sharing and processing information.

Shirky concludes his talk by saying:

When you feel yourself getting too much information, I think the discipline is not too say to youself “what is happening to the information?”, but rather “what filter just broke; what was I relying on before that just stopped functioning?”.

A powerful insight to contemplate IMO.

glenn

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  1. May 19, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Definitely a good keynote to watch and contemplate; but I deffer with the conclusion: I perceive information overload to be a very real problem in today’s workplace, and it’s only partly caused by filter failure. I posted a detailed analysis at http://bit.ly/bDUDuB .

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