Never before has so much information been so readily available to so many so easily. This availability of information has literally changed the world in which we live – they way we learn, the way we do business, the way we interact with others and the world around us – to mention a few. Computing capacity, telecommunications, and storage capacity continue to grow exponentially every year, so the amount of information, and misinformation, is not going away.
In Literacy is NOT Enough, authors, Crockett, Jukes, and Churches point out: As result of Infowhelm, we now live in an age of disposable information, one in which the daily newspaper arrives out of date. Information has become a temporary and disposable commodity. Yes, information has value, but it is just about as perishable as fruit. It may have a value today, but it will have to be discarded if it is not used by tomorrow.
With so much information available, no one today can be an expert. If our students are going to operate in an age of Infowhelm, they will need to be informationally fluent.
In the short video below Lee Crockett gives us an insight to how much information is out there.
It is important to note that it is not just our children who are affected by Infowhelm. We all are – parents and teachers. How are we adapting?