Mark Coddington recently compiled and posted
It is an excellent collection of brilliant and insightful single line quotes regarding the new media information age and the related cultural response that follows. Each of the entries is accompanied by a short bit of commentary and background information offered by Coddington. Further suggestions for others to be added to the list are called for and and the comments section provides for reader feedback and contributions.
Many of the entries are loosely related to the business of news and journalism specifically and others to media literacy in general. All are thought provoking and warrant further study and contemplation. Though perhaps of particular relevance to the application of technology in the processes of education and learning is this quote
by Clay Shirky from Web 2.0 in 2008.
“It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.”
In this short talk Shirky upends the notion that information overload is a modern day “problem” and further suggests that while we’ve experienced a glut of information for hundreds of years, it it only recently that the burden of filtering such has moved downstream. Of particular note (at approximately 17:00 mins) Shirky offers a number of illustrative examples related to higher education and social networking tools, Facebook in particular. Brilliant.