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The Nature of Information

The root of the word ‘information’ is the Latin ‘informare’, which means 'to give form to’; 'to fashion, shape or create'.

"Information is the currency of democracy." Thomas Jefferson

The Information Divide

“This information movement, left to its own devices, will increase the gap between rich and poor people and rich and poor nations.” Michael L. Dertouzos

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.” E. O. Wilson

"Not having the Information you need when you need it leaves you wanting. Not knowing where to look for that Information leaves you powerless. In a society where Information is king, none of us can afford that." Lois Horowitz

Information Overload

"We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource [Information] that is not only renewable, but self-generating. Running out of it is not a problem, but drowning in it is." John Naisbitt

“One of the effects of living with electric information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload. There's always more than you can cope with.” Marshall McLuhan

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” Gertrude Stein

“The fog of information can drive out knowledge.” Daniel J. Boorstin

“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” Herbert Simon

Quality & Availability

"Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit.” William Pollard

“Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.” Clarence Day

“The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.” Edward R. Murrow

“A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” Mark Twain

Importance of Accurate Information

“To live effectively is to live with adequate information.” Norbert Wiener

“If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are the conditions for development.” Kofi Annan