Everyone has noticed the anxiety of ‘information overload’. I have even experienced ‘information under-load’ – the feeling that I have become unplugged from the flow of what’s going on. However overload is much more common.  In Chris Anderson’s ‘The Long Tail’ (p116) he references Sturgeon’s Law which states that “ninety per cent of everything is crud” – and I supppose the Web is not immune to this law either. The challenge is to find the 10% that is not crud. Filtering is one of the main ways to deal with this problem. That’s what makes ‘Newsmap’ so fascinating – a way to see what is news in different parts of the world at a glance and focus-in very quickly on news that is relevant to you.

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