Sunday, January 29, 2006

Information Overload, Needles, and Haystacks: Part One

So this is a little more subjective than most posts I want to make here, but it still fits better than on either of my other blogs. Do I have too many blogs? That will have to do, until I get around to utilizing more proper and tag-supporting blog software. Anyway...

The internet is a amazing. The myriad of information is just fascinating, and would be overwhelming, if it were possible for any one person to truely grasp just how much data there really is out there. Not only can we not possibly grasp it, but there is no way to really utilize it. We make baby steps, every day, to obtaining more and more of that information. Or, rather, we make steps in obtaining more specialized and exact pieces over a wider selection of that information. The ammount of information we can take in has pretty much maxed, I think. All we can do now, is utilize that limit by being more intelligently selective of what is available for us to take in.

The Needle is something you want, and maybe you know it, or maybe you have no idea. The Haystack is, of course, the internet. How do you find the Needle in the Haystack, especially if you don't know you're looking for it? We need to understand what form the Needly may take, because it could be a lot of things. Is it an informational piece of text, a multimedia entertainment stream, or maybe a small tool you could utilize for your own uses? It could be any number of things, but maybe the most important part of understand what it is, is understanding that you might not know. Convergence of all the types of Needles is a necessity to finding what you want, because so often, we really don't know what it is we are looking for, even vaguely.

Next part will dive into how we bring all these different types together, and more on just how small those needles can get.

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