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Filter failure

Clay Shirky argues here that it’s not information overload that does us in, necessarily, but rather filter failure.

“The past always looks like a walk in the park and the future always looks like a cliff face.”

There’s an immense amount of front-end work that goes into filter success (I presume this is the opposite of filter failure) but as someone who condenses large subjects like “golf” into readable tidbits on a blog, I can tell you that all of that work is worth it.

Any time you might spend on the front end following the right people and news outlets and setting up the correct Google alerts and RSS reader filters you get back tenfold on the back end.

Always.