Friday, August 21, 2009

Knowledge Quotes

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.
- John Naisbitt
Megatrends: Ten New Directions
Transforming Our Lives

I like pulling quotations and then riffing off them. This book was written in the early 1980s, before the Internet entered most people's lives. So why this quotation? With the Net, with the fragmenting of the media marketplace, we're certainly drowning in information. Compared to today, back in 1980 were were merely wading in information maybe to our ankles or knees. Today we're up to our chins. We're treading as best we can, and probably going under any minute now.

We have access to so much information, and yet we seem to know less and less.

Technology swamps us with access to facts and opinion and stuff, and then someone comes along with technology to help us organize this stuff -- at a price. An iPod does that. A smart phone too. We get better and better at finding stuff out, but we get lousier and lousier at learning. The above quotation means so much today, probably even more tomorrow. I can "google" something, but does that make me knowledgeable? Or just a good typist?

1 comment:

Hasibur Rahman said...

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