Regarding my information overload post

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 07, 2000

Regarding my information overload post from a couple weeks ago, if you're interested in such things, you might want to have a look at How Much Information? An interesting quote from the executive summary:

"This democratization of data is quite remarkable. A century ago the average person could only create and access a small amount of information. Now, ordinary people not only have access to huge amounts of data, but are also able to create gigabytes of data themselves and, potentially, publish it to the world via the Internet, if they choose to do so."

That, in a nutshell, is why the Internet is so powerful. You can take your ecommerce dot com moneyfest and shove it up your ass...the real killer app of the Internet is ordinary people communicating with each other.

Related goodies for the interested reader: Papers on Communication Networks and Related Topics.