August 30: Introductions + Historicizing Information Overload


TEXTS REFERENCED IN CLASS (You needn’t read these, but you’re welcome to!)    

  • Ann Blair, “Information Overload, Then and Now,” The Chronicle Review (November 28, 2010).
  • Ann Blair, Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010).
  • Chaim Zins, “Conceptual Approaches for Defining Data, Information, and Knowledge” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 58:4 (January 2007): 479-93.
  • Ilkka Tuomi, “Data Is More than Knowledge: Implications of the Reversed Knowledge Hierarchy,” Journal of Management Information Systems 16:3 (Winter 1999/2000): 103-17.
  • Daniel Letvin, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (New York: Dutton, 2014).
  • Open Scholarship Initiative, Report from the Information Overload Workgroup (June 23, 2016).
  • Daniel Rosenberg, “Early Modern Information Overload,” Journal of the History of Ideas 64:1 (January 2003): 1-9.
  • danah boyd and Kate Crawford, “Critical Questions for Big Data,” Information, Communication and Society 15:5 (2012): 662-79.
  • Rob Kitchin and Gavin McArdle, “What Makes Big Data, Big Data? Exploring the Ontological Characteristics of 26 Datasets,” Big Data & Society 3:1 (February 2016): 1-10.
  • And countless business-oriented and professional-application articles offering “adaptation” strategies – e.g., AAMI, “Managing Data Deluge Is the Future of Human Factors Engineering,” Medical Design Technology (May 17, 2016); Rikke Duus & Mike Cooray, “Too Much Information: How a Data Deluge Leaves Us Struggling to Make Up Our Minds,” The Conversation (July 15, 2015); Terradata Perspectives, “Sensory Overload: Digesting Data from the IoT,” Forbes (May 20, 2016)….



John Seely Brown & Paul Duguid, The Social Life of Information (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000); “The Data DelugeThe Economist (25 February 2010); “Data, Data Everywhere” Special Report The Economist (25 February 2010); Rob Kitchin, The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2014); Clay Shirky, “It’s Not Information Overload, It’s Filter Failure,” O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo NY (2008).

IMAGE: Étienne-Louis Boullée, Bibliothèque du Roi, 1785

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