[iDC] information managerialism

john sobol john at johnsobol.com
Wed Jul 26 12:37:52 EDT 2006

On 26-Jul-06, at 7:08 AM, Richard Coyne wrote:

> Well I can certainly identify with the Yochai Benkler quote (picked 
> almost at random):
> "Information overload.
> A basic problem created when everyone can speak is that there will be 
> too many
> statements, or too much information. Too many observations and too 
> many points
> of view make the problem of sifting through them extremely difficult, 
> leading
> to an unmanageable din. This overall concern, a variant of the Babel 
> objection,
> underlies three more specific arguments: that money will end up 
> dominating
> anyway, that there will be fragmentation of discourse, and that 
> fragmentation
> of discourse will lead to its polarization." (p.233)

Uh...this is as opposed to some other excellent time in which there was 
a) too little information or b) just the right amount of 
information...so as to have made the problem of sifting through 
conflicting observations and points of view extremely easy...leading to 
a manageable harmony. Moreover, it was also a time when a) money didn't 
dominate anyway  b) there was a discursive unity and c) that discursive 
unity didn't lead to the polarization of social power...


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