November 27, 2011

Too Much Information

We’re dumb, and we like it that way:

While not shocking, Shepard and Kay’s findings are still terrifying in our information-saturated world. News feeds, finds, and breaking news abound. Twitter is the collective conscience of the interwebs. Yet, functioning members of American and Canadian societies who are unaware of the goings-on in the world (the economic recession or the global oil shortage, for example) would rather actively avoid tough news than exercise effort to learn more. Ignorance is cyclical and conscious—and that’s as scary as any economic or environmental disaster.

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