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information overload

An excess of information provided to a person in certain situations, resulting in either a wrong decision or the passing of misinformation 1. Patients must have sufficient information at their disposal to give an informed consent for–eg, an elective surgical procedure; this is problematic when a Pt is informed of very rare complications or side effects of a procedure or the anesthesiology. See Uninformed consent. Cf Informed consent.
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Infoglut and Invisible Ink: Spamdexing Search Engines with Meta Tags, 12
The modern world, what communications theorist Daniel Bell (1973) dubbed the post industrial "knowledge society," has become so swamped with information, misinformation, and propaganda that neologisms like "information explosion" and "infoglut" have been invented to describe a state of profound saturation: a cognitive overload that increases uncertainty potentially to paralysis.
Transforming infoglut!; a pragmatic strategy for Oracle Enterprise content management.
The TAO of Topic Maps: finding the way in the age of infoglut http://www.ontopia.net/topicmaps/materials/tao.html [April 2002].
Notice that the Baby Einstein testimonials are provided by parents rather than child development experts, a trend that (depending on one's perspective) reflects the democratizing tendencies of infoglut or the elevation of every opinion to the same level of merit.
However librarians would tend to suggest that schools, technical and further education (Tafe) colleges, and universities should all collaborate more in reconceptualising their curricula and pedagogies to develop the reading literacy and information literacy of students as the prerequisite for lifelong learning in a 21st world characterised by information abundance or 'infoglut'.
This is, in part, the scientific explanation of why keyword searching nearly always results in infoglut.
They touch upon the infoglut problem (though this term is, perhaps wisely, not used in the book).
Fortunately, information technology can ameliorate the problem of information overload -- often called "infoglut" -- as well as aggravate it.
She discussed the overload of data that we're all familiar with, calling it "infoglut." She began by saying something that most of us have realized by now--more people are trying to find everything for themselves, and most are using the Internet instead of contacting a librarian.
Nathenson, Internet Infoglut and Invisible Ink: Spamdexing Search Engines with Meta Tags, 12 HARV.