Infoxication 2.0
24 Oct 2008

Infoxication 2.0

On her blog, Elena Benito-Ruiz shares a

24 Oct 2008

On her blog, Elena Benito-Ruiz shares a draft chapter on “‘Infoxication 2.0’ as one of the main downsides to Web 2.0 and its educational application.” ¬†Infoxication is a state of intoxication of the mind, caused by an overload of information. Although centered around technology, this is thought to contribute to a decline in intellectual performance. The problem is increased in Web 2.0 environments as such environments require both a push and pull of ideas.

Currently, she suggests, RSS¬†readers (when used properly) provide a remedy for teachers and students. That’s a good way of compiling and simplifying information, but what can be done about new knowledge generation in the Web 2.0 world? Perhaps something beyond RSS tools are needed?

Read her text here…

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  1. Elena October 28th, 2008 1:01PM

    Hi John,
    Thanks for the link.
    As a matter of fact I don’t think RSS are enough to cope with this information/communication surge. Current RSS readers fall short in many ways (don’t want to repeat myself and bore you to death) and I explain there how, and yet aren’t they the only tool we have so far to cope with this infoxication 2.0? what other tools are there to alleviate the problem? Plus, RSS just focus on one side of problem: information overload…but what about communication overload? Infoxication refers to both.
    So I don’t know if a 3rd generation of RSS is what we need or something completely different but I don’t really know whether web 3.0 is addressing the issue or not, I have the feeling it isn’t.
    That’s why I think web 3.0 should bring the first breed of genuine finders (vs. current searchers). Twine, for instance, is said to be the first 3.0 network. I’ve been using Twine for months and it helps me keep organized, but still it doesn’t help me focused and doesn’t find and simplify stuff, at least not in the way I imagine.