Investors are desperately trying to cut through the glut of information in search of meaning and knowledge.

September 14, 2018

Concerns about information overload are as old as the ancient philosophers. Plato worried that people would not be able to discriminate between texts that were morally worthy and those that were not. Seneca argued that “you must linger among a limited number of master-thinkers, and digest their works, if you would derive ideas which shall win firm hold in your mind.”

 

Today, information overload has reached a degree that not even Plato could have fathomed. More than 2 million articles are published every day on the web. The Washington Post alone publishes 1,200 articles, graphics, and videos daily, more than a story every two minutes — and that only scratches the surface. According to Domo’s Data Never Sleeps 6.0, 156 million emails, 473,400 tweets, and 4,333,560 YouTube videos are sent, shared, or watched every minute around the world.

 

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