Posted at 1:42 AM on March 22, 2007
by Andrew Haeg
If you're like me, you're up to your eyeballs in info. Tossed and battered by constant emails, web sites, RSS feeds, amusing and amazing online ephemera, etc.
The problem isn't that it's all uninteresting, or a waste of my time. The real problem is that I'm genuinely interested in most of it. The last day or two, Africa has been on my mind, from a guy retracing the steps of Dr. Livingstone, to Belgium, where mineral explorers are turning to old maps and rocks from the Congo to find treasure. Amazing stories, really.
Then there's all sorts of amazing arcana on Boing Boing, and of course the Ridley Scott takeoff Hillary 1984 faux-mercial on YouTube (which is total dross as viral video ... no originality!) ... and the wastebasket game, and any number of a hundred million other things to grab my attention.
But what's the stuff that makes us really stop and think? Really consider our place on earth? Our humanity? For me, it's Frontline and Fresh Air and The Story with Dick Gordon and Arts and Letters Daily. And, of course ... In the Loop
Things that make me pause. Make me consider and reconsider. What's your port in the info storm?
Andrew, you forgot "In the Loop" on your list