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Information Overload? Don't Panic!

Information Overload? Don't Panic! | Social media and education | Scoop.it

I selected this post today from my fellow curator's collection gdecugis, (love what he had to say below).  I personally think it's one of the best pieces I've seen so far on this subject.

 

We're all dealing with this issue and sometimes when you see it articulated as Brian Solis has done not only is it comforting but widens your perspective which is the doorway to finding solutions.

 

Excerpt:

 

At a time where some are thinking we urgently need an information diet, Brian Solis puts things in perspective: don't panic!

 

What he describes on PandoDaily as "the fallacy of Information Overload" is the fact that while we all seem lost at one point or another because our world is changed by the social media revolution, it's both inevitable and something mankind will adapt to.

 

This post is a great summary of the different ways we are affected and why we shouldn't try to move back to the previous state. But work on improving our filters.

 

Curation, anyone?

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/zNUhJg]


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 24, 2012 10:49 AM
I reviewed the book, Information Diet,yesterday - http://www.bethkanter.org/info-diet/ it is excellent. He talks about curation as part of the solution, although it is framed as information literacy
Guillaume Decugis's comment, January 25, 2012 12:51 PM
Thanks for sharing Beth: will go check your review!
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How Will People Spend Their Time Online? [infographic] |

How Will People Spend Their Time Online? [infographic] | | Social media and education | Scoop.it

This infographic came from Daily Infographic

 

Every day we feature the best information design and data visualization from the internet. If you share our love for data-filled illustrations, you’ve come to the right place.

 

****We spend countless hours searching the web for the most interesting, visually stimulating, mind blowing infographics.

 

****We curate our findings and choose one infographic to publish every week-day.

 

Intro:

 

It's clear that internet usage is up, more people have access to computers and the web is becoming a vital tool to every industry.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

See infographic here: [http://bit.ly/zOunR6]


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One of the Nation's Top Historians Decides It's Time to Embrace Wikipedia

One of the Nation's Top Historians Decides It's Time to Embrace Wikipedia | Social media and education | Scoop.it
Overcoming his initial skepticism, the president of the American Historical Association admits he uses the encyclopedia daily.
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100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers - Classroom 2.0

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers - Classroom 2.0 | Social media and education | Scoop.it
Although YouTube has been blocked from many/most schools, for obvious reasons and not so obvious ones.
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Project MUSE - Advertising & Society Review - A Brief History of Advertising in America

Project MUSE - Advertising & Society Review - A Brief History of Advertising in America | Social media and education | Scoop.it

Long before America was colonized, commerce flourished in the Old World where various methods were used to promote trade


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Are Google Search Trends Better Election Predictors Than Polls? @SarahFKessler #Infographic

Are Google Search Trends Better Election Predictors Than Polls?  @SarahFKessler  #Infographic | Social media and education | Scoop.it
Google search trends were almost as accurate as polls in reflecting each event's winners.


Google has been busy documenting how the 2012 Republican primary affects search results.

Newt Gringrich, for instance, experienced a huge surge in searches before winning in South Carolina. Stephen Colbert search traffic jumped ahead of all candidates after he announced his exploratory committee. And before the Iowa caucus, Iowans were searching for Ron Paul more than any other candidate.


All of this has been brought to our attention by Google’s new elections dashboard and its politics blog.

On Thursday, Google continued demonstrating its relevance to the election with an Infographic that shows how search traffic changed surrounding caucuses and primaries thus far.

For each election event, the Infographic shows polling results, election results and search traffic from the state hosting the election event.



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Too Big to Know: David Weinberger explains how knowledge works in the Internet age

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The Truth About Tablets: Educators are getting iPads and ereaders into students’ hands—but it’s not easy

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The future of high-tech advertising | ExtremeTech

The future of high-tech advertising | ExtremeTech | Social media and education | Scoop.it
Advertising -- the art and science of diverting and targeting attention on a specific object or service -- is one of the oldest and most mature industries in the world. But where will technology take it next?

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The Next Generation of Robotic Space Explorers – Powered by Bacteria!

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As technology advances, a lot of the gadgets and other things we use keep getting smaller, lighter and thinner.

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Study Shows 1/3 People Think Social Media Should Be Banned At Work - #Infographic - @NiallHarbison

Study Shows 1/3 People Think Social Media Should Be Banned At Work - #Infographic - @NiallHarbison | Social media and education | Scoop.it
As social media continues to grow one question keeps popping up and that is should employees be allowed to use it in the work place.

 

A new set of stats show that two out of every three people agree that social media should be banned in the workplace.

 

The survey was carried out by a recruitment site and it gives a great insight into how people use social networks while at work.

What the study really shows is that social networks are mostly blocked in the workplace with the vast majority of people having no access to them.

 

The mind set from employers seems to be that allowing any access will decrease productivity.

 

There are some interesting stats here though and I have to say I’m surprised at just how much clamping down happens out there from employers.


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Literacy in the Digital Age Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything

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Can Content Curators Help With Content Overwhelm?

Can Content Curators Help With Content Overwhelm? | Social media and education | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Evren Kiefer for Paper.li talking about a challenge we all face - information overload and how we streamline our diet. Or can we?

 

"Content doesn't have a season -- the feast is all year round" Overload or gluttony?

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

“Information overload”, I hear you say, “we know that already”. Is it really the problem, though?

 

**As Clay Shirky argues in his talk “It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure”, information overload is our new environment of plenty and not a problem that needs solving.

 

****It lies upon us to create internal and external filters to manage our time and attention because they are our most precious resources.

 

My commentary: I think this is most important for all of us, continually refining our ability to select only what we need and leave the rest. Today everyone is a publisher and everyone has an opinion. Aren't we suffering from meaning overwhelm as well?

 

I think it's essential to establish some criteria when you select content?

 

**What are you  looking to add to the original piece?

 

**Do you want to  create  clarity for others?

 

**Do you know the subject matter well enough to do this effectively?

 

**Do you want it to be thought-provoking?

 

**Do you want to add additional links and other resources who may have different points of view?.

 

As far as meaning overwhelm,

 

Everyone has an opinion, I think it's good to have a viewpoint but I think it's important to search for the simple thread in it that relates to your core message. 

 

It's also good to include others in the conversation because two heads are better than one, it helps people see the bigger picture and decide for themselves. That's why I'm asking you:

 

What are your thoughts? How are you dealing with this? I'd love to hear your comments.

 

Selected by Howard Rhinegold and  Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond

 

Read Full article here: [http://bit.ly/wkij56]


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 21, 2012 1:20 PM
BTW, I like how you frame the "meaning overwhelm." Even if we are power users of aggregation tools and newsmastering tools to bring us more on target content for our needs - we can still suffer from this.

It is the act of going back and forth between scanning quickly - and then going in for a deep dive and reflection. I watch the stream. I check things out and if I find something that is like "wow" - my audience would love this - or "wow" slightly different take or framing on the topic - then I add in my collection,think about it, and share.

The thing I'm trying to fight - in part because I curate many different topics. I tend to focus on different streams of keywords or sources for particular topics. But I might find something through serendipity that is on another topic I curate and it is good, but I'm not focusing on that topic now. So, sometimes I grab and have in a holding place until I look at it in more depth.

All this to ask you about:
What is your practice for curating multiple topics?
What do YOU do to avoid meaning overload?
janlgordon's comment, January 21, 2012 5:06 PM
Beth Kanter

For me, it all begins with managing my attention and establishing criteria for selecting content that aligns with my brand message and my purpose for being online. This is my compass. My focus for the day that fits this framework and everything flows from there. I love Howard Rhinegold’s work and the mindmap is brilliant. I’m finding these to be excellent resources in helping me to refine this process and I feel I'm definitely on the right track.


I have some quiet time before I ever go to the computer and focus on my agenda for the day. It’s like going into a library. Everything you could ever want is there but if you don’t have a hypothesis, you can drown in the sea of knowledge and information.

I cover lots of topics but there’s a recurring theme that connects them and it revolves around the evolving world of curation and the many forms it takes; how we have to learn to curate our selection not only of content and information but activity such as social networking as well. It's learning to manage my time and evaluate how I spend it. I ask myself if I do this, will it take me towards or away from my overall plan, the answer always gets me back to where I need to be.

As you know, we can schedule priorities and life comes charging in and sometimes I have to shift to do something that needs to be taken care of. Even if this happens, I can get back to my theme for the day at some point. I don't hold the reigns too tightly on this, it's just there to keep me grounded. If I find something as you say serendipitously and it’s off my daily plan, if it’s really a "wow", (again, here I've established some criteria for this, otherwise, I'd find many wows throughout the day), I stop and pay attention to it to see if it’s something I should work on. For me, there’s a certain rhythm to all of this and intuition plays a part. It takes practice and trusting yourself and not over-thinking things.

As for meaning overload, there are two things I will do If a piece is particularly heady or difficult to read, I will search for the simple thread that relates to the message I am seeking to put out to my audience. The other aspect is more simple. If I feel that my head is just too full, I have to step away for a few minutes, take a few deep breaths, maybe grab a drink of water. Sometimes meaning overload is just brain overload, and I really need to know when to step away and find my way back.
Kelly Hungerford's comment, January 22, 2012 5:16 AM
Thanks for sharing, Howard.
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The Ugly Journey of our Trash [Infographic]

The Ugly Journey of our Trash [Infographic] | Social media and education | Scoop.it

Marine debris comes from many land and ocean sources. Check out the infographic below and follow The Ugly Journey of our Trash to learn how different kinds of debris threaten marine life.

 

Over 6 million of marine litter may be entering our ocean every year with as much as 90% are plastic.

 

Full version of the infographic may be found here: http://client.birocreative.com/projectaware/infographic/projectaware_infographic_weblarge.png

 

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Infographic: Reining in the information deluge

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MEMORANDUM: Vintage Japanese Robots, Monsters & Sci-fi

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50年前の週刊サンデーに掲載された未来のロボットとか凄すぎる。 MEMORANDUM: Vintage Japanese Robots, Monsters & Sci-fi http://t.co/TYZfT2tL...
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10 Tips for Teachers Using Evernote - Education Series

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Infographic: Value of Cloud Computing Services Through the Years

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The infographic shows the value of cloud computing services through the years and its valuation by 2014.


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Challenge to Schools: Embracing Digital Textbooks - ABC News

Challenge to Schools: Embracing Digital Textbooks - ABC News | Social media and education | Scoop.it
ABC NewsChallenge to Schools: Embracing Digital TextbooksABC NewsBut many schools lack the broadband capacity or the computers or tablets to adopt the technology, and finding the money to go completely digital is difficult for many schools in tough...
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The Ugly Journey of our Trash [Infographic]

The Ugly Journey of our Trash [Infographic] | Social media and education | Scoop.it

Marine debris comes from many land and ocean sources. Check out the infographic below and follow The Ugly Journey of our Trash to learn how different kinds of debris threaten marine life.

 

Over 6 million of marine litter may be entering our ocean every year with as much as 90% are plastic.

 

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Using Robots To Combat Prejudice - Forbes

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Video Alyssa Rosenberg captions: Often, when we see robots in popular culture, they’re actually more powerful than we are.

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Next World – Future Life On Earth | Watch Free Documentaries Films, Movies and Videos online.

Next World – Future Life On Earth | Watch Free Documentaries Films, Movies and Videos online. | Social media and education | Scoop.it
The era of smog-filled skies will be over, because fewer of us will be driving cars. There will no longer be the use for cars and roads as we’ll be piloting environmentally friendly personal vehicles between cities and under the seas.

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Swarm of little flying robots is amazing, terrifying (video)

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Read 'Swarm of little flying robots is amazing, terrifying (video)' on Digital Trends. University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a system that... Pity the future Crim!!!  ; ]


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50 Useful and Effective Infographics | @2experts

50 Useful and Effective Infographics | @2experts | Social media and education | Scoop.it

Over the past few years, techniques of data visualization are used in contemporary maps to slot an array of information in including destination points, local landmarks, etc.  Below are just some of the most useful and effective infographics


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