Emailing a friend and colleague this evening about the way we use online services I was struck by how fragmented our access to information is becoming. I think it could be entirely possible to only access services and viewpoints that chime with your own and never move outwith them. In an age when our access to information and different views is almost infinite I wonder if that isn't rather a shame.

Thinking about this also raises issues of context and ways to extract the signal from the noise that are highly pertinent to the work of information professionals. Do we 'manage the crowd' (
cf Steve) and try to make sense of things that way, or should we continue to take the more traditional line of applying our professional tools and explaining to people why what we're doing is helpful?

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