Three Thanks A Week

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August 1 Information

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I’m an information junkie. I’m not alone, even the OED has recently overhauled the definition, the story told to us by James Gleick.

In their latest quarterly revision, December 2010, just posted, the entry for “information” is utterly overhauled. (The OED, in case you hadn’t noticed, has evolved into an enterprise of cyberspace, rather than a mere book.)

The renovation has turned a cottage into a palace. Information, n., now runs 9,400 words, the length of a novella. It is a sort of masterpiece—an adventure in cultural history. A century ago “information” did not have much resonance. It was a nothing word. “An item of training; an instruction.” Now (as people have been saying for fifty years) we are in the Information Age. Which, by the way, the OED defines for us in its dry-as-chili-powder prose: “the era in which the retrieval, management, and transmission of information, esp. by using computer technology, is a principal (commercial) activity.”

Information overload is quite real, and quite dangerous as it were. While we believe that immersing people in this pool of enlightenment holds great promise, we’ve found that exposure to ambiguous or mixed information can intensify opinions on a matter, not refine them. This presents what may prove to be the most significant challenge of our history, and the most exciting.

Today I am thankful

  1. that we live in interesting times.
  2. for access to information, all sorts, all times of day or night.
  3. for people who share and listen.
For what are you thankful?
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Written by Grace

August 1, 2011 at 6:36 am

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  1. This morning, I’m specifically thankful for:

    1) All the great folks who arranged, performed, or assisted at the MMM this weekend and let those of us who couldn’t travel share some of the fun
    2) Cow-orkers who work as hard as I do, letting me be able to make my own job (which is in no small part defined as making it possible for information junkies to get their digital fix!)
    3) Year-round access to friends in the Burning community, even when work means I may miss some events I’d love to attend

    Sean

    August 1, 2011 at 7:19 am

  2. Monday will slip through my fingers but today I am still thankful:

    1) that I have friends who will come over, sit, have a drink and just chat away an evening.
    2) that getting things done, even little things, makes me feel accomplished for a bit.
    3) for root beer floats at midnight.

    Noe

    August 1, 2011 at 11:19 am


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