Great Piece on the Internet and its effects on our concepts of knowledge, wisdom and the synergy of “networked facts”

I came across an article by Thomas Rogers at Salon while browsing my Flipboard feed. It’s a fascinating interview with David Weinberger and his thoughts on how we work with knowledge in the midst of a digital revolution.

I particularly like Weinberger’s analogy comparing how we filter information today with how it’s previously been filtered. Historically we’ve filtered out all the information we value and find meaningful. We made it accessible to very few people – ‘experts’ as Weinberger details – and in forms that are difficult to break in to.

Today we filter information forward. The Internet enables the recording and processing of many, many facts and opinions at once. Instead of a select few individuals processing and curating a catalogue of relevant opinions or facts into books, journals or magazines that might never see public attention, we instead sift through and find the best of what the community has to offer. The remainders never go away and allow us to filter them in our own, unique ways.

There’s so much more in the article. Read it – it’ll get you appreciating the wonderful little future we’ve made for ourselves.

“Are we on information overload?” by Thomas Rogers, at Salon.com

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