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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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Moreover, we cannot turn back the clock and prevent information glut. We must deal with it, but in doing so there is hope for more mindful uses of technologies that reclaim context and reject the tenets of Technopoly.
Nicholas Carr wrote a cover story for the July/August 2008 issue of the Atlantic titled, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" He complained that his attention span had suffered recently, that the information glut of the Internet was "chipping away" his "capacity for concentration and contemplation," and that his "mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles." Is Google making us "scanners" rather than "deep thinkers"?
Companies also need more computer power and resources to handle the information glut. Line of site (LOS) hardware provides many company outposts with internet and data communications to higher headquarters', but of course, companies need more bandwidth (like everyone else) so they can transmit imagery (especially Google Earth) and graphics at rates that facilitate company information operations.
"But this created an information glut problem." In already overstuffed corporate intranets, Velocity hopes to keep search-based collaboration neatly contained within the search space.
Advances in information technologies have resulted in something of an information glut. Although the width and breadth of information has expanded exponentially, the depth of it is decidedly lacking (Cochrane, 2003).
Often my brain can't accommodate what it receives; information glut shuts down my mainframe.
Instead of leading to simplicity, improved computing efficiency and networking has in fact created an information glut.
The 24/7 information glut that reigns in the West configures the public as anxious to know everything--from the latest diet craze to what Saddam Hussein keeps in his palaces--but no one can ever know enough (enough for what?), because there will always be more information, more opinions, more data.
But with the specialized information glut of the Internet and more than a few captive conferences treading similar ground throughout the year, it's difficult for such a late-season gathering as VCIA's to provide much that hasn't been heard before.
For the all-source intelligence analysts, their information glut is compounded by an intelligence IT environment that-
For instance, chapter 6, "Organizations and Social Processing of Information," establishes the importance of cognitive schema in solving the problem of information glut and helping members develop perceptions of the relevance of organizational form to the time horizons and cost-benefit balances provided by the organization.
I don't think that it's just information glut that has created the demand for personalization; it is a desire to set yourself apart from everyone else.

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