May 22, 2008

The Information Gridlock

My good friend Malcolm Sinclair wrote the other day about change. It’s not a new concept, though Malcolm (as always) found a great way to describe it. Read the blog about his wings and beer fiasco and you’ll relate.

We are bombarded every single minute with new information – it never stops – it’s the monster that is never satiated. It will eat anything. It does not distinguish between vitamins or junk food.

My career has been filled with challenges and wow moments – like everyone – but my biggest thrill is building stuff. I love to gather people together and find their strengths and create something that makes a difference.

Last night, I foolishly had on what I can only describe as a two hour padded infomercial of crap shrouded in the appearance of a talent competition culminating in a 23 second event.

It’s my own fault. I remind clients and colleagues all the time. Competition is not other outlets providing a similar service – it is people’s time. Clearly, I felt I didn’t need those 119 minutes and 37 seconds of my life.

Congrats to David Cook, at least they got that right.

It is overwhelming to pick what you want to do, read, see, consume. Malcolm and I talked today about the myth of multitasking. Watch a future post from him on that fun topic.

I’ve seen estimates that the total number of websites in the world are into the billions, perhaps even approaching a trillion. It used to be that you could walk into a large bookstore in a metro center and find books on 'just about anything'. The Internet has taken that to a level none of us would have ever predicted.

But remember the Monster …and that Monster is US!

One event that is trying to tackle some of this is Mesh which just wrapped up in Toronto. I’m sorry I couldn’t attend, I’ll be sure to mark it down in the calendar for next year.

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And another thing; gotta send a shout out to the late Johnny Carson, who hosted his last Tonight Show sixteen years ago today.


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