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What Is Information Overload?
06-25-2007, 07:44 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-21-2011, 07:06 PM by FighterFromAfar.)
What Is Information Overload?
Information Overload

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.[1]

* 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 Web’s 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.

3. Prioritize

* 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.

5. Network

* 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 Newsgroups
o Word of Mouth

6. Write

* 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.

7. Organize

* 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:
o Internet
+ Blogosphere (Examples: Wordpress, Technorati)
+ Forums
+ IRC Channels
+ Multimedia Archives/BitTorrent Trackers
+ Newsgroups
+ Social Networking (Example: MySpace Bulletins, Blogs)
o Radio
+ Broadcast
+ Webcast
+ Podcast
+ Guest Interviews
+ Call-ins (See How Get On National Talk Shows by Mark Dice)
o Video
+ Documentaries
+ Shorts
+ Music Videos
o Activism
+ Protests, Rallies, Marches
+ Phone & Email Campaigns
+ Media Handouts (Pamphlets, Documentaries, CD’s, DVD’s)


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
06-25-2007, 10:25 AM,
What Is Information Overload?
-informative and usefull article.
Thanks Mifune. :cool:
If Thine I that I spy with my own little I Doeth Offend thee ; Pluck It out.

06-26-2007, 03:29 AM,
What Is Information Overload?
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
06-26-2007, 05:00 PM,
What Is Information Overload?
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.
06-26-2007, 11:36 PM,
What Is Information Overload?
Awesome, keep it up. I'm looking forward to reading the new sections.

- Chris
12-03-2007, 12:08 AM,
What Is Information Overload?
excellent article , but i got information overload already LOL
12-03-2007, 12:42 AM,
What Is Information Overload?
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.
11-04-2009, 02:58 AM,
What Is Information Overload?
I think the post should be uploaded to the tracker site to be honest, I am going to be using it....lots.
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11-04-2009, 06:37 AM,
What Is Information Overload?
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 )

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11-04-2009, 10:10 AM,
What Is Information Overload?
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 objectivity
Posted on July 19th, 2009

A friend asked me to post an explanation of what I meant when I said at PDF09 that “transparency is the new objectivity.” First, I apologize for the cliché of “x is the new y.” Second, what I meant is that transparency is now fulfilling some of objectivity’s old role in the ecology of knowledge.

Outside of the realm of science, objectivity is discredited these days as anything but an aspiration, and even that aspiration is looking pretty sketchy. The problem with objectivity is that it tries to show what the world looks like from no particular point of view, which is like wondering what something looks like in the dark. Nevertheless, objectivity — even as an unattainable goal — served an important role in how we came to trust information, and in the economics of newspapers in the modern age.

You can see this in newspapers’ early push-back against blogging. We were told that bloggers have agendas, whereas journalists give us objective information. Of course, if you don’t think objectivity is possible, then you think that the claim of objectivity is actually hiding the biases that inevitably are there. That’s what I meant when, during a bloggers press conference at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, I asked Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Walter Mears whom he was supporting for president. He replied (paraphrasing!), “If I tell you, how can you trust what I write?,” to which I replied that if he doesn’t tell us, how can we trust what he blogs?

So, that’s one sense in which transparency is the new objectivity. What we used to believe because we thought the author was objective we now believe because we can see through the author’s writings to the sources and values that brought her to that position. Transparency gives the reader information by which she can undo some of the unintended effects of the ever-present biases. Transparency brings us to reliability the way objectivity used to.

This change is, well, epochal.

Objectivity used be presented as a stopping point for belief: If the source is objective and well-informed, you have sufficient reason to believe. The objectivity of the reporter is a stopping point for reader’s inquiry. That was part of high-end newspapers’ claimed value: You can’t believe what you read in a slanted tabloid, but our news is objective, so your inquiry can come to rest here. Credentialing systems had the same basic rhythm: You can stop your quest once you come to a credentialed authority who says, “I got this. You can believe it.” End of story.

We thought that that was how knowledge works, but it turns out that it’s really just how paper works. Transparency prospers in a linked medium, for you can literally see the connections between the final draft’s claims and the ideas that informed it. Paper, on the other hand, sucks at links. You can look up the footnote, but that’s an expensive, time-consuming activity more likely to result in failure than success. So, during the Age of Paper, we got used to the idea that authority comes in the form of a stop sign: You’ve reached a source whose reliability requires no further inquiry.

In the Age of Links, we still use credentials and rely on authorities. Those are indispensible ways of scaling knowledge, that is, letting us know more than any one of us could authenticate on our own. But, increasingly, credentials and authority work best for vouchsafing commoditized knowledge, the stuff that’s settled and not worth arguing about. At the edges of knowledge — in the analysis and contextualization that journalists nowadays tell us is their real value — we want, need, can have, and expect transparency. Transparency puts within the report itself a way for us to see what assumptions and values may have shaped it, and lets us see the arguments that the report resolved one way and not another. Transparency — the embedded ability to see through the published draft — often gives us more reason to believe a report than the claim of objectivity did.

In fact, transparency subsumes objectivity. Anyone who claims objectivity should be willing to back that assertion up by letting us look at sources, disagreements, and the personal assumptions and values supposedly bracketed out of the report.

Objectivity without transparency increasingly will look like arrogance. And then foolishness. Why should we trust what one person — with the best of intentions — insists is true when we instead could have a web of evidence, ideas, and argument?

In short: Objectivity is a trust mechanism you rely on when your medium can’t do links. Now our medium can.
There are no others, there is only us.
06-21-2011, 06:49 PM,
RE: What Is Information Overload?
Well, well, well,

Guess who's back. :3
06-21-2011, 07:59 PM,
RE: What Is Information Overload?
Great to see you back dude!
How have things been for you?
"Listen to everyone, read everything, believe nothing unless you can prove it in your own research"
~William Cooper

06-21-2011, 09:37 PM,
RE: What Is Information Overload?
Good to see you again.
What brings you back?
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
06-22-2011, 03:10 AM,
RE: What Is Information Overload?
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.
06-22-2011, 04:53 AM,
RE: What Is Information Overload?
(06-21-2011, 06:49 PM)FighterFromAfar Wrote: Well, well, well,

Guess who's back.

Transient Ox ... Sleepy

... you're back. Smile

And that's no bull !! Icon_biggrin

Good to hear from you.


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