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The Indefinite Article.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Information Collection Thinking

I drove to Houston this morning listening to Freakonomics and I started considering what I want to do in life. Do I really want to tap at a computer? One of the things I am considering is checking out of the state of information drunkenness I put myself in each day and feeding myself more books.


  • I hear you about the "information drunkeness" . I actually feel low levels of anxiety when I run out of bits of content to scan-parse. Its no good.

    More reading of books is a good idea. Reading is a similar activity to info suckling, but different in one crucial respect-it promotes a reflective, meditative state of mind. Reading encourages the mind to become calm like a still pool of water. Whereas frantic suckling on the world wide info-teet leaves turns the mind into a caffeinated charybdis of doom.

    By Blogger pablo, at 1:12 PM  

  • Nice. We can apply to grad school together.

    By Blogger Ethan, at 1:14 PM  

  • this sounds more like INFORMATION "COLLECTIVE" THINKING, cause i have been thinking the same thing. the anxiety that comes with getting emails, and reading the vast amounts of information that one can summon is high ...

    the fact that we get all this information at the push of a button, and presumably up-to-the-minute gives it a de facto urgency ...

    as if what we were reading were so fucking important. how did we do it before when we had to wait for the ink to dry off the press? what good does it do that i know something before you know it? am i going to do anything about it?

    i think a lot of this as i'm cutting my grass.

    speaking of books, carol just finished reading a biography of Queen Elizabeth.

    By Blogger Killy, at 1:23 PM  

  • i still like reading from a book
    i like the feel of the paper at my fingertips and sometimes the raised ink
    the sound of a page turning is so soothing

    By Blogger CarolinaDivina, at 4:19 PM  

  • Anyone seen the latest Verizon Broadband commercial? Let me describe it for you:

    Scene: a suburban neighborhood with large, stately homes.

    A paperboy rounds the corner on his bike and throws a paper at the house. A window on the top floor of the house magically ABSORBS the paper and glows.

    Two or three more kids round the corner, one throwing a filmstrip, one throwing a CD. Again, the house absorbs the media and glows.

    THEN, a HUNDRED kids round the corner just throwing shit/all forms of media at this house and the house absorbs it all and glows.

    Some days I feel like I've had everything thrown at me and I have no choice but to absorb. It's sort of disturbing that Verizon thinks this is a selling point. Who can deal with that much media? It's wearing me out. That's why I keep Ole Clunky, my useless computer. All she's good for is dial-up service and typing a few words. If I need anything heavy-duty, I do it at work or at Brian's, but at least I don't have constant access to everything at home. I might go crazy that way.

    By Blogger The Bat, at 8:27 PM  

  • Crap. I keep using the wrong sign-in. That last comment is from me, Sara C.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:28 PM  

  • i think you going by "the cat" is kinda cool sara. My wife's name was cat as she was growing up because she would scratch her sisters and brothers, apparently.

    By Blogger Killy, at 9:23 AM  

  • yes - it was my only defense - so my mother was always clipping my poor fingernails which was a painful experience
    my sisters still call me cat
    my nephew used to call me tia cat

    By Blogger CarolinaDivina, at 2:13 PM  

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