Its information overload to a serious degree. At some point you have to start drawing the line. Ok, so I found a site called "daily Kos" that has really good political analysis. But so what. Let it go. If I find it again a year from now, maybe I'll have time to read it then.
There's always been more information available then any one person could absorb. But now I can access it from my desktop, and in fact easily find closely (or sometimes not so closely) information along the lines of what I've already accessed. And it doesn't help that weblogs are ongoing and require repeated return visits to keep up with.
I feel like the chimp in The Uplift War , who because of galactic struggles quite beyond her comprehension, is suddenly granted unrestricted access to the primary planetary branch of the Galactic Library. There, on her computer, she has unfettered access to quantities of information that quickly overwhelm her (things that have long interested her, but are not critical to her immediate task). It takes great will power to turn away from those other bits of knowledge, and focus on the course at hand. Alas, at the moment, I lack that focus.
For now, its hack and slash. One step forward, two steps back. Hmmm, about this two year backlog of EE Times.
David Brin, author of Startide Rising, The Uplift War, and other Uplift Sagas.
Update: looks like Rick has fallen in and is trying to find his way out. Good luck rick.