Although I think that, like many articles, this outlines an agenda for action without necessarily taking account of the obstacles and barriers (which are largely political and organisational) in the way of its agenda – it is nevertheless a useful summary statement of how things have changed, and what the difference is between ‘information overload’ (a negative metaphor) and the more positive ‘information abundance’.

User Generated Education

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As I read through the social media networks, the concept of information overload is continually being discussed.

Information overload is a term popularized by Alvin Toffler in his bestselling 1970 book Future Shock. It refers to the difficulty a person can have understanding an issue and making decisions that can be caused by the presence of too much information. Information overload occurs when the amount of input to a system exceeds its processing capacity. Decision makers have fairly limited cognitive processing capacity. Consequently, when information overload occurs, it is likely that a reduction in decision quality will occur.  

As the world moves into a new era of globalization, an increasing number of people are connecting to the Internet to conduct their own researchand are given the ability to produce as well as consume the data accessed on an increasing number of websites. Users are now classified as active…

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