Category Archives: The information age

What are the real outcomes of seemingly unlimited information?

Collaborative confusion

My husband related to me what happened when he accompanied our daughter into the establishment of an “exclusive” tea vendor. Her conversation with the clerk about variations of gyokuro, roibos, oolong and yerba left him bewildered; it was so much … Continue reading

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To tell the truth

When Adobe inadvertently made free downloads of Creative Suite 2 available, a student mentioned seeing it on Tumblr, but discounted it as one of those rumors so easily spread on the Internet. However, my own child was eager to have some … Continue reading

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Curating the precious clutter

When I first walked into the archives of the Art Museum in Cincinnati, I had no idea that the amount of stored art out-weighed that available to the public. Shelves and drawers full of items that museum curators–those with expertise … Continue reading

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Panning for e-gold

Sometimes finding information of real value on the Internet resembles the search for gold. A shiny nugget in the stream catches the eye of a lucky person and news spreads like wildfire. Soon crowds spend long hours filtering the water … Continue reading

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What is important?

In high school speech class, when required to give an informative speech, I  described the  accomplishments of the Anasazi.  My teacher, whose pre-Columbian knowledge included a vague recollection of the Aztecs asked “What’s the point of your speech?  Why are these Anasa…. … Continue reading

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Why do I need to know this?

Students often ask “Why do I need to know this?” not because the subject is irrelevant, but  because they struggle to learn. The answer to “How am I going to use this in real life?” depends on what their life will be … Continue reading

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Generation A

Recently I was sitting in the dentist’s office waiting. Across from me was a father and his son that couldn’t have been more than three. The child intently maneuvered a tiny race car across the screen of an iPhone. He … Continue reading

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The Price of Information

Humankind’s love affair with technology is not a new development. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the  advances in industrial technology were touted as the solutions to problems of crime, poverty, ignorance and the boredom of ordinary daily life. The level of education … Continue reading

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Disconnected

I used to view movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Colossus: The Forbin Project, as completely improbable. As far as I was concerned computers were machines without autonomous thought; they had neither the capacity or desire to rule … Continue reading

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