i admit it. i’m addicted to information. i love reading interesting stories, watching funny videos, listening to new music, seeing what’s going on in the world regularly. i follow far too many blogs, read far too many articles, follow too many people on twitter and i’m always looking for more. i inundate myself with information. most of the time i enjoy it – i love feeling “in the know” about things relevant to what i do and what i enjoy – but mostly, i feel overwhelmed. there is no way to keep up. there is just too much out there. too much going on. too much for this feeble brain of mine to take in.
my career revolves around a fast-paced (light-speed sometimes) environment. people are coming up with brilliant new ideas every day and i’m glad. i’m excited about what progress we can make to improve things in the world, but it seems that only about 2% of what’s going on is an improvement. the rest is just noise. loud, make-your-ears-bleed, noise. i can’t point fingers. i contribute to the noise. i blog, i comment, i retweet. we seem to all be yelling and shouting at the moment, but hopefully we’ll calm ourselves and start talking soon. even better yet, perhaps we can take time to just listen.
but where do you draw the line between contributing to the discussion, the progress, the community, and just adding to the noise? is there any real distinction? what is pure drivel to one person, is valuable information to another.