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8/21/10

Quote of the Day: Peggy Noonan

The Romans had too much information...

And there was the way people consumed information. The Empire was awash in texts. "Elite, literate Romans were discovering the great paradox of information: the more of it that's available, the harder it is to be truly knowledgeable. It was impossible to process it all in a thoughtful way." [William Powers] People, Seneca observed, grazed and skimmed, absorbing information "in the mere passing." But it is better to know one great thinker deeply than dozens superficially.

"Information Overload Is Nothing New"
Peggy Noonan
WSJ Opinion 08/20/10