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What Is Information Overload? - FighterFromAfar - 06-25-2007
Information overload (aka information flood) refers to the state of having too much information to make a decision or remain informed about a topic. Large amounts of historical information to dig through, a high rate of new information being added, contradictions in available information, and a low signal-to-noise ratio make it difficult to identify what information is relevant to the decision. The lack of a method for comparing and processing different kinds of information can also contribute to this effect.
An article in the New Scientist claimed that exposing individuals to an information overloaded environment resulted in lower IQ scores than exposing individuals to marijuana, although these results are contested. The same article also notes that a night without sleep can be as debilitating as over-exposure to information. The term was coined in 1970 by Alvin Toffler in his book Future Shock.
* Too much information to make a decision or remain informed about a topic.
* Large amounts of historical information to dig through.
* A high rate of new information being added.
* Contradictions in available information.
* Low signal-to-noise ratio.
* Lack of a method for comparing and processing different kinds of information.
These are the problems of the Information Age. When speaking in terms of the 9/11 Truth Movement, these problems are especially pronounced, considering the sheer amount of disinformation that is distributed by both mainstream and alternative sources.
Following the analogy of the jigsaw puzzle, we are trying to solve a million-piece puzzle, but all of these pieces are not readily available. We have to find all of those million pieces first, but there are one billion puzzle pieces out there.
Anyone who wants to understand what's really going on in the world must invest an inordinate amount of effort in order to construct the big picture. However, the average individual does not have the time, energy, or ability to invest such effort. Even if that individual did, the next course of action upon understanding the big picture - or at least one small portion of it - is to share that information with others.
How to Counter Information Overload
1. Establish a Method for Comparing and Processing Information
* D. B. McCowan offers instruction on methods of Information Processing.
* In addition, instruction in logical fallacies and rhetoric is essential. California State University offers instruction on Logical Fallacies and the Art of Debate. The Secular Webs Logic Page offers a more exhaustive list of Logical Fallacies.
* Much of our information processing skills are learned over a lifetime, usually via primary, secondary, and higher education. However, these skills can always be sharpened.
* As an aside, read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle to see an expert logician in action.
2. Collect Information.
* Take stock of all the different sources of information and media in the world.
* Read, read, read, and learn, learn, learn.
* Always seek out different perspectives.
* Make no assumptions, take nothing for granted, trust no one, and only act on what you can prove definitively.
* There are only 24 hours in the day; most of those are spent surviving and maintaining one's balance, leaving precious little time to read and learn.
* Understand how sources such as the Mainstream Media, Alternative Media, the Blogosphere, the Internet, Word of Mouth, etc., influence and relate to the people who receive information. See also: Meme Theory, The Real Meme by Broward Horne, and The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
* Understand the state of the world, and what news and information is important.
o Catch 22: One must read news and information on a constant basis in order to understand what is more important.
o Solution: Dive right in and read, read, read; and learn, learn, learn.
4. Process, Analyze, and Record
* Source Checking will give you vital information about the credibility of any given source.
o Check the background and bias of the author
o Check the ownership of the media source
o Check the referenced sources within said source for accuracy, repeating steps 1 and 2.
o NOTE: This may lead one on an endless chain of source checking. Keep your priorities in mind, and think about making notes for later research.
* Analyze the information in the given source, making note of objectively verifiable facts, logical fallacies, contradictions, and omissions.
* Compare the information according to what you already know.
* Record the item that you have just processed and analyzed in order to keep it on hand for further review.
* Make note of what you have analyzed, in order to avoid going in circles in your research.
* There are other researchers in the world. Share your research with others in order to see a topic or issue from a different perspective, or to learn about topics or issues that you would not have been aware of in the first place.
* Venues of networking include:
o IRC Channels
o Internet Forum Communities
o Word of Mouth
* Set up a blog or go to a forum/newsgroup, and start writing essays about your research. The best way to learn is to teach.
* For the purpose of this instruction, follow the guidelines of the APA Formatting and Style Guide when writing an article that draws upon other sources.
* Organize communities of individuals committed to the processing and dissemination of high volumes of information.
o (Good) Examples: Cassiopaea Forum, Conspiracy Central
8. Distribute and Publish
* The Mainstream Media has the upper hand in terms of information dissemination. However, a well organized grassroots effort can have an impact significant enough to change the course of world events.
* Seek out and exploit all forms of media and information dissemination:
+ Blogosphere (Examples: Wordpress, Technorati)
+ IRC Channels
+ Multimedia Archives/BitTorrent Trackers
+ Social Networking (Example: MySpace Bulletins, Blogs)
+ Guest Interviews
+ Call-ins (See How Get On National Talk Shows by Mark Dice)
+ Music Videos
+ Protests, Rallies, Marches
+ Phone & Email Campaigns
+ Media Handouts (Pamphlets, Documentaries, CDs, DVDs)
To quote an old proverb, "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime." For one who wants to counteract the problem of Information Overload, the end result of one's efforts should be aimed towards aiding as many individuals as possible in seeing the big picture objectively, in all of its minute detail, as well as igniting the spark of intellectual curiosity and critical thinking that is necessary in order to motivate one to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes; to understand objectively what this thing called reality is really all about.
1) Anonymous (June 10, 2007) Information Overload. Retrieved June 17, 2007, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_overload.
What Is Information Overload? - standvast - 06-25-2007
-informative and usefull article.
Thanks Mifune. :cool:
What Is Information Overload? - ccarota - 06-26-2007
Thank you mifune, your article is a manifesto for cyber dissidents, researchers, ethics for conspiracy scientists... "Infoverload" (copyright) can't be avoided, but it can be controlled. Your manual shows how. I know it's as your blog name as well... and this thread is a Deja Vu... Very well thought out ideas here.
Can you write more? maybe short chapters on disinformation, propaganda, dialectics, mind control, disassociation... I think we could use such a "handbook", it would be nice to refer people to it, if it was written in a objective, rational style, as you have used, and is accurate (as you have been) but not too specific. Focused on methodology. Excellent work. Chris
What Is Information Overload? - FighterFromAfar - 06-26-2007
Yes, I have posted this once before, but I wasn't satisfied with it, so I cleaned it up and updated it, added new information and commentary.
I'm planning on adding extensive, detailed sections for each of the 8 items, as well as all the little bullet points underneath each heading. I think the best way to go about seeing the big picture is to write an overview/outline first, building the structure upon which all other work will be based. It kind of builds/grows like a tree, or a web. This prevents running in circles, reinventing the wheel, or outright confusion.
I also plan on going into Media Control and COINTELPRO.
What Is Information Overload? - ccarota - 06-26-2007
Awesome, keep it up. I'm looking forward to reading the new sections.
What Is Information Overload? - itmakesmewonder - 12-03-2007
excellent article , but i got information overload already LOL
What Is Information Overload? - inc7 - 12-03-2007
I agree with the idea of, and see it as deliberate manipulation, information age is actually the age of perception, nothing could be better to hide truth. And i dont mean superficial truth becoming mainstream like the NWo etc. but governing truth, fundamental to everyones personal control, or lack of.
I disagree With how to handle as well, its all meant to be info load in itself, the real way to deal with, think in terms of the conceptual whole and how everything relates, with each new piece fitting in relation to the whole. Group and sub group by relation the way a file system does, hard drive operating system. Its how programmers are taught to deal with millions of lines of code. Think less of specific and more of relation, only needing to know how to find specific when needed. In other words dont dwell on the specifics but the ideas and relations behind them, and how they relate to the whole, leave the specifics for retrieval when needed.
Leave the specifics for computers and calculators, be the thinker behind them, the one drawing ideas relations and concepts from the information. In our educational system, were taught how to be calculators and computers, not thinkers.
What Is Information Overload? - Dunamis - 11-04-2009
I think the post should be uploaded to the tracker site to be honest, I am going to be using it....lots.
What Is Information Overload? - JFK - 11-04-2009
Quote:What Is Information Overload?
Information Overload is when your computer's storage capacity is over 2 TB and you start getting "out of disk space" errors.:huh: :(
( I deleted 2 1/4 GB of temp files yesterday )
What Is Information Overload? - FastTadpole - 11-04-2009
Very nice work in compiling this Mifune this is a very helpful reference.
Related article on how citing link references to establish a web of evidence, ideas, and argument in internet journalism.
Quote:Transparency is the new objectivityhttp://digg.com/political_opinion/Transpar...New_Objectivity
RE: What Is Information Overload? - FighterFromAfar - 06-21-2011
Well, well, well,
Guess who's back. :3
RE: What Is Information Overload? - SiLVa - 06-21-2011
Great to see you back dude!
How have things been for you?
RE: What Is Information Overload? - Easy Skanking - 06-21-2011
Good to see you again.
What brings you back?
RE: What Is Information Overload? - FighterFromAfar - 06-22-2011
I'm getting active with Anonymous, and "The Plan". Check out the video if you're interested.
I've been educating these Anons on the principles of objective research and COINTELPRO. Also reposted this post over on their forum, where I'm a moderator.
RE: What Is Information Overload? - solar - 06-22-2011
Transient Ox ...
... you're back.
And that's no bull !!
Good to hear from you.