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  1. Shawna
    February 24, 2010

    I like how that quote undercuts the “novelty” thesis being shoved around lately: that the information overload that we’re experiencing is somehow new in human history. I’m teaching Wells’ The Time Machine right now, and I’m trying to show my students how the Victorians (with improvements in cheap newsprint/ink and the postal service, inventions like wireless telegraphy and the telephone, and transportation technologies like the railway and the subway) felt exactly like we do. Completely overloaded with information. Yes, it feels like a break with the past, but people have felt like that before, and we should learn from their experiences about how we can best deal with it.

    Kind of off-topic, but it’s related.

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