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Thing 4

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of blogs out there - how do you handle information overload and how do you think RSS might help with that?

Information is next to useless without context and wisdom. We boast that this is the information age, but human beings are finite creatures, not computers, and an unending stream of information--urgent, titillating, personal, trivial, shocking, informative, and whatever other adjectives you can think of to apply--is not going to improve our lives at all; in fact, it probably leads to diminishment.

RSS might--and I stress, MIGHT--act as a filter giving a thumbnail summary for us to decide whether we want to read the information posted or not. Still, RSS will not train us to be critical thinkers nor wise stewards of our time, but it may aid in those necessities.


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