March 13, 2013

Information Overload

My newsreader tells me that I have 23,340 articles to read across a wide variety of topics: music (2,004), news (10,803), technology (1,522), gossip (3,714), movies (875), books (557), TV (936), entertainment (1857), photography (1,029) and a host of unclassified nuggets of goodness.

My goodness that's a lot to read.

At some point in the day I will scroll through a good 10% of each of the most interesting topics (to me, music, news, technology and, perhaps, TV). Then I will get frustrated, feel slightly defeated an click the little mark all as read button, declare a news bankruptcy, and start again tomorrow.

Information is all ones and zeroes these days. When there's too much of it, you can delete it. Or simply file it away and collect it. Storage is cheap and small. Information can disappear and, if you choose to hold on to it, it doesn't rot in seven foot stacks in your living room hiding the fact that you have 27 cats and an odd addiction to formalwear from the 1930s.

Simply put, no one will ever film a television show about your addiction to data and loved ones will never hire a dumpster on your behalf. But that doesn't make it any less frustrating or overwhelming.

Now if you'll pardon me, I have 23,000 articles to read. Or ignore.

Posted by Chris at March 13, 2013 7:26 AM

... and this is why I have thousands of articles still unread in my Instapaper account. It's a good way of keeping my newsreader somewhat manageable.

Posted by: Oana at March 13, 2013 2:51 PM