Go take a walk

June 21, 2011

I spent the past few hours collecting all the information I could find about information glut, including reviews of William Power’s Hamlet’s BlackBerry (which I highly recommend) and branching out from there.

My conclusion: there is too much information about too much information.

I got overwhelmed and couldn’t take it in anymore. So you know what I did? I went for a walk. I went to the grocery store and hardware store down the block from work (and a couple blocks from my apartment), got some stuff I needed, took it home, and came back. After this hour break (my lunch break), I am ready to go again.

This shouldn’t be news to anyone, but it might be anyway. Go take a walk if you can’t take in anything anymore! Breaks and physical exercise are both very good not just for your body but for your cognitive processes.

And now I’m off to work on my Google-sponsored paper. I also have a slinky that says “Google” on it sitting on my desk, which also works well to step back from the churning seas of information for a moment. Thanks, Google: way to not be evil! Now I just have to figure out how to save the world. “Give me $50K to save the world,” as my supervisor noted today, doesn’t go over well when asking for grants, so it appears I need to come up with a detailed plan.

Do you have any ideas? What can libraries, policymakers, educators, or anyone else you might think of be able to do to help society manage the information glut and make space to process the information we consume? I’ll put your name in my paper if you spark ideas! I have some ideas of my own, but they’re not ready yet. So I’m off to refine them now.

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