To say that we are awash in information doesn’t begin to describe it. Google “information overload,” a term popularized four decades ago by futurist Alvin Toffler, and within .3 seconds you’ll get 891,000 results—10.7 million without the quotes. To describe the brain-addling effects on our psyches, a pastiche of pundits and academics have advanced evocative terms like “cognitive overload,” “data asphyxiation,” “data smog,” “information overload,” and “information fatigue syndrome,” which can afflict anyone forced to learn something technical—new software or an email program, for instance (symptoms include anxiety, self-doubt, stress, and sleeplessness).
Over a typical 24 hours, 2.7 million blog posts are published—1.59 million of them on WordPress alone—the Huffington Post churns out 1200 stories, The New York Times about 700, Buzzfeed 400, and Slate 50. Add Vox, The Verge, SBNation, Medium, Quartz, Techcrunch, Wired, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Time, Newsweek, and you get thousands more. Google News indexes an almost infinite stream of articles, blog posts, and video from around the world and every TV news channel beams a crawl with the latest events on the bottom of the screen.
Unfortunately, with such abundance, news has become, like a Snapchat photo, largely ephemeral. As a result, we consume media haphazardly, often hitching rides from clicks leaving Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, waiting for the news to find us. This leaves vast gaps in our knowledge. Or as New York Times media columnist David Carr put it: “We are constantly in real time, where we know a little about everything and nothing about anything, really.”
View 360 aims to change that by using real humans to curate information. (No algorithms were harmed in the production of this site.) We are organizing thousands of high-quality articles and feature stories on topics of great interest for people who want to know more. Whether you are an info junkie, a news hound, a student researching a paper, View 360 aims to organize information and make it easily accessible.
If you have ideas for topics we should cover, you find a typo or grammatical error, or simply want to tell us what you think, send us a message through our contact page.
Adam L. Penenberg, Brooklyn, NY