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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Age of Unenlightenment

The Age of Missing Information, Bill McKibben, 1992

We believe that we live in the 'age of information,' that there has been an information 'explosion,' an information 'revolution.' While in a certain narrow sense that is the case, in many more important ways just the opposite is true. We also live at a moment of deep ignorance, when vital knowledge that humans have always possessed about who we are and where we live seems beyond our reach. An unenlightenment. An age of missing information.

This age of Media Explosion is an age of diminishing information, not increasing.


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