‘Information Overload’, a modern phenomenon?

Have you googled, texted, or read an online article within the last 10 minutes? If so, you may be suffering from ‘information overload’. The phrase ‘information overload’ was first coined in 1970 by a futurologist who predicted that the production of large amounts of information would interfere with effective decision making. But is this really a new phenomenon brought about by the rapid advancement of modern technologies? Prof. Ann Blair, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Harvard University and a Macarthur award recipient for her work on the history of knowledge, begs to differ with her new book, Too much to know”: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age.” Blair’s book investigates ‘information overload’ in the 16th and 17th centuries with the advent of the printing press.
UCC’s College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences
will host a lecture by Prof. Blair on Thursday, 24th February @ 3:30pm in the Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, room 223. Lecture will be followed by a discussion with students


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