Information obesity: The now and future epidemic

We are drowning in a torrent of data, much of it of dubious provenance, which is being sold as information.

The curtain went down at interval on the opening night of the opera Der Freischutz in Melbourne and the mobile phones were out. My partner’s lit up with the news, just two hours after the polls closed, that Queensland’s premier, Campbell Newman, had lost his seat. The middle-aged couple in the row in front of me were showing their companions video footage of skiing in Aspen. They were returning, for a third time, next week, and today’s weather report was promising for new snow… just look.

Of the matter of the moment? Der Freischutz? Oh yeah, von Weber’s music is… is… so pastoral isn’t it? And sharpshooter Max looks like Campbell Newman. How ‘bout that?

Clogging the arteries of cognition 


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