Tuesday, July 31, 2012

News at Eleven: What's striking here, among so many

other things, is the apparent vapidity of [Percy Bysshe] Shelley's initial observation--the fact that, basically, the "we" in question have more knowledge than we know what to do with. If arguments, traditionally, start with the straightforward to work their way to the striking, then the fact that information overload is the first sentence of Shelley's essay would seem to suggest a certain incontrovertibility to the notion.

from The Atlantic Monthly: Percy Bysshe Shelley Frets About Information Overload . . . in 1821


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