Thursday, April 06, 2006

Week 3 Reading

"We Have the Information You Want, But Getting It Will Cost You: Being Held Hostage by Information Overload" from ACM Crossroads by Mark R. Nelson resonates with me perfectly: the amount of information on the web is absolutely overwhelming. Looking for a simple subject unleashes hundreds of websites with information on that given topic. Trying to sift through what is credible and what is not also plays a major role in finding the material that you are truly after.

Natural language processing systems seem like something that could help mitigate the information overload. Having a program in place that can organize and sort information that the user wants seems like a step in the right direction.

Supposedly spam isn't just bothering me. According to "Information overload, retrieval strategies and Internet user empowerment" from Proceedings: The Good, the Bad and the Irrelevant by Christopher N. Carlson, "AOL blocks 780 million pieces of junk e-mail daily, or 100 million more e-mails than it delivers." Fascinating!


Discussion questions:


1. Is there simply too much information out there?

2. How can you determine what information is credible and what is not?

3. Is the overwhelming amount of information on the internet good or bad? Do more sources = a better perspective on a topic?

2 Comments:

At 3:13 PM, Blogger LdV said...

Regarding your third discussion question, I think that in a way, the overwhelming amount of information does help us get a better perspective on issues. It's unfortunate that we have to sift through all the information to find the credible sources, but at least the information is there! I think with more information, you eliminate biased views, and in the end, find yourself with a broad perspective which encompasses all views.

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Tiana Michelle said...

Information Overload is something that has developed over time with the advancements of technology and how we can access information. The problem I see with inforamtion overload is that technology allows anyone access to voicing there opinion and knowledge as well as for anyone to access the information that is presented and that is what seems to make it overwhelming. If only those people who were geninuely knowledgeable about a topic were allowed to put the information there then it would make acccessing the information that you are looking for much easier, but thats where we start to talk about 1st Amendment rights and the Freedom of Speech. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and in a way unfortunately technology has allowed everyone in some way the ability to voice what they know or think they know and thats were you as reearcher have to learn to understand how to determine what is true and useful for your purpose. Like I stated in my blog research especially using the internet is a skill and not just a tool. I personally prefer true and accurate information but from deifferent perspectives that way I can shape my own opinion about the topic. So I don't believe there is too much information out there, everyone just need sto know how to access what they want and eliminate waht they don't.

 

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