“Information has become a form of garbage, not only incapable of answering the most fundamental human questions but barely useful in providing coherent direction to the solution of even mundane problems. To say it still another way: The milieu in which Technopoly flourishes is one in which the tie between information and human purpose has been severed, i.e., information appears indiscriminately, directed at no one in particular, in enormous volume and at high speeds, and disconnected from theory, meaning, or purpose.” (Neil Postman)
I’ve noticed this happening a lot among the few organizations where I hang out on a regular basis. The more traditional are racing to “go digital”, while the more modern have become so complicated that I would need an assistant to stay ahead of the sheer volume and sources required to establish a sufficient background to form an opinion or take a responsible position on an issue. The most curious part of these activities is that we still meet face to face and discuss things, although there is never enough time to bring many attendees up to speed on background, let alone vote in any informed way.
Such is life in the 21st Century!
Thanks to Tech Crunch