Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The More We Know, The More We Know That Fools and Facts Don't Mix

Seth's Blog had the Fools, facts and the more we know post on 12/5/07. Something I have noticed during this web 2.0 experience is that a good deal of the information found on the web and especially among blogs is derived and repeated from other source. Not that this is necessarily bad but it does raise some issues.

Seth points us to Neal who in turen points us to: Saying more by saying less. Then according to Seth, this post then leads to an extraordinary blog post.

At least that's what Seth tells us but it seems to get away from the point of the first link or at least takes a long road around (truth is that I have not read it all the way through yet). The point of the first link is.

"Certainly the more information we get, the higher the level of ignorance seems to be."

This concept of information glut has been dealt with particularly with regards to e-mails but this seems to be a bit more basic. Easy access to information lets everybody be an expert or at least claim to be one on their blog or website. That means we need to be careful about who we listen to and how we present ourselves. It was probably best said, if I can believe BrainyQuote, by Abraham Lincoln,

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

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