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Part III: Filtering Information > Balancing Your Data Diet

Chapter 13. Balancing Your Data Diet

Imagine all the information available to you today as a gigantic all-you-can-seek information buffet, offering everything you could want and then some. There is so much to look at, you hardly know where to begin. So you just start adding things to your “plate,” willy-nilly, until it is overflowing, spilling over everywhere. You know you have taken too much, and you know you cannot possibly digest it all, not without making yourself sick. But you do not want to throw any of it away either. It all looks so good, so relevant, so important.

But is it? Hardly. One of the reasons people take too much from the information buffet is that it is difficult to figure out what has “nutritional” value. This is because the focus of the Information Age has been on developing the resources for gathering data and not nearly enough on the really important job of converting the data into useable information.


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