Signs of Plague
Submitted by Bob Walsh on Wed, 2006-05-17 13:01.
One case is one thing. Two are a coincidence. Four? Four hundred thousand? This is no coincidence.
I see two possibilities: brain sucking aliens are draining our minds through the Internet – the ultimate killer app. Or, something else is going on. I’m hoping its something else – better odds.
I think what’s happening is more and more people are edging over the Information Overload line. That line is kind of like the little red bars on the Tachometer in your car that measure Revolutions Per Minute if you drive a manual shift: you can rev the engine that high, but don’t be surprised if you burn it out and it buck right out of the chassis and jumps 20 feet in the air and splats your head like a bug.
Now I have a pretty high redline. When I was a reporter, I could literally jump from one entire gestalt to the next in 10 seconds flat, all day long, every day. Being able to soak up mega-gallons of business and technical information, month in and month out has been my chief competitive advantage as I toiled away as a contract developer for 20+ years.
That was then, this is now, and now isn’t working very well.
In the last few years my information intake like everyone else’s has shot off the goddamned map. Like right now: I’m using 2 pc’s with one mouse and keyboard. On one I’ve got Jimmy Cliff’s Take Your Time playing via iTunes, Outlook, the Codesnipers blog posting window + 4 in FireFox and Word open. On the other I’ve got FF open with 13 tabs, FeedDemon pumping RSS like there’s no tomorrow. All. At. The. Same. Time.
Is this fun? Well, yes! But I think the dark side of Information Overload (IO) is rising in my life, as it is in yours.
About a month and a half ago I decided that finding new personal, professional and micro-ISV ways of coping with the IO plague had to be my top priority. So, like I said in last week’s post, expect to hear more on this topic from me here, and elsewhere. I don’t pretend to have the right answer, but I will be asking the right questions.
The plague is here, and it’s no joke.