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Information overload is an old old problem

Excellent opening paragraph at the Collaboration Loop blog in Jonathan Spira article, Information Overload - A Growing Problem : Although many believe this to be technology induced, the problem of information overload is not new and is . Centuries ago, scholars bemoaned the problem of too many books and not enough time or memory to take it all in. Scholars who wrote about the problem included Roger Bacon, Samuel Johnson, and Conrad Gesner, considered the father of the bibliography, who in 1545 in the Bibliotheca universalis warned of the "confusing and harmful abundance of books" and suggested reading strategies for coping with information overload.