“As far as I can tell, the new media have made us into a nation of information junkies; that is to say, our 170-year efforts have turned information into a form of garbage. My own answer to the question concerning access to information is that, at least for now, the speed, volume, and variety of available information serve as a distraction and a moral deficit; we are deluded into thinking that the serious social problems of our time would be solved if only we had more information, and still more information.”
Isn’t that irony that Neil Postman’s messages are blogged here and displayed on web pages and books sold by Amazon? There’s is a hidden truth in this.
Neil Postman sounds as if he is suggesting a new abstinence. But what I think he is suggesting is not less information, but more good information.
It somehow indirectly reminds me of of Andrius Kulikauskas calling on the BlogTalk 1.0 conference: “I don’t need news! I need initiatives! When I have selected an initiative, then I need news! So what are we undertaking?”.