Information Overload and Identity

This paper, I like it because I(‘m) like you – measuring user attitudes towards information on Facebook, provides a nice overview of heuristics we use to analyze online content, e.g. ‘If everyone thinks it is good, it must be good’.

In a world of increasing data and information, we are growing more reliant on social shortcuts to understand and create meaning.

If we shape our experience through normative heuristics, and our experiences shape our identity – what is that identity?

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2 thoughts on “Information Overload and Identity

  1. I think this especially applies to sites which curate creative work, portfolios, and taste (i.e. tumblr, pinterest, behance, coroflot, etc). But in addition to content which “everyone thinks it is good” we also have the certain curators who everyone think has good judgment or taste. Posts and projects that gain popularity all of a sudden from being featured by these people or by the website itself, I often wonder if it’s just because of exposure, or if because people automatically agree with they believe to have excellent taste or judgment.

  2. Lillian, YES! The idea of popularity-induced action and understanding is definitely what I’ll be tackling. I really like your distinction that this applies especially to spaces that curate creative work.

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