Clay Shirky presented "It's not information overload. It's filter failure" at Web 2.0 Expo NY. Here are my notes.
- The assumption is that the information is going to keep increasing .
- Before the Internet, the source was the filter.
- My rewording: Newspapers and book publishers decided what was filtered because it was costly to publish (i.e., What if we publish, but no one bought the book?)
- Now the cost of publishing is negligible so where is the filter? When the source doesn't filter, how is it information filtered? Individuals have to learn to filter.
- We have to get better at filtering and keep re-tuning those filters.
- Filters for information must be automated, manually constructed, and continuously re-tuned. All solutions for filters are temporary.
- It's not an information overload problem, it's a filter failure, and we, as individuals, have to create, rethink, and re-tuned the filters.
- Managing privacy information flow is unnatural for most of us because before the Internet, providing private information was difficult, inconvenient, and inefficient.
- My thoughts: it's a new paradigm and we rethink the social social structure, expectations, the underlying way for which we decide what to share and not share.
- Today, we design the filters so the privacy works the way we want it?
- Large groups are tolerant of free riders where small groups are not tolerant of free riders.
- My rewording: In large groups you can easily have lurkers. In small groups, you must be able to contribute in some way--just lurking is not permitted.
- It's a mental shift--rethinking the model--we are the same as fish in the ocean--we are just in the flow.
- My rewording: The ocean isn't the problem. The question is: how do we navigate the flow?
- Rethinking the model because before the Internet the filter of the information was at the source. Now the filters are with the people.
- Updating the old filters is not the fix.
- We should re-think the social norms.
- When you think you have information overload, think about what filters broke.
- How is email broken? What are the solutions? Other methods of sharing, wikis, blogs, Twitter,FriendFeed, instant messaging.
- How are feeds from newsreaders broken? How do I streamline and choose what feeds I read? Constantly changing feeds in my reader.
- What about other solutions? Friendfeed and Twitter for manual filtering?
- Still not working? More solutions coming.
thanks for posting these notes - I wrote a whole aside in mine about the large group vs. small group thing, because that can be taken on a tangentially different path - but I was rambling enough in mine already. These notes are quite helpful!
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