“But with information these days being more time sensitive than ever and online networks providing the conduit to transform tiny social grapevines into full-fledged vineyards for mass media consumption, the need to figure out the means to authenticate and validate soft information will become more important.”
Anyway, last week David Warlick added some additional thoughts to this observation on How Information is Changing that I thought were worth noting. To summarize, his points are:
- information has become increasingly networked
- information is increasingly digital
- We are overwhelmed by information
Take a look at his diagram of how these three points relate to Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Literacy.
There's some great food for thought for here.
How about you? How do you see information changing? What role do librarians play in helping our communities adjust to these changes? And how can we assist in users in making informed decisions when information is increasing soft?
I don't have any answers, but I think it's definitely worth thinking about.