Technology and Information Overload – The Purveyors of Ignorance and Superfluity

Information Overload

What can be said about information overload?  With the advent of the media and technology, especially in regards the television, the computer and invention of the Internet, we have unlimited access to information and knowledge more than at anytime in human history.

We are continuously bombarded daily with superfluous information no matter how useless or irrelevant it is to ourselves and our everyday lives.

We can now download information literally anytime and anywhere with the use of the currently popular Smartphones, iPads and various choices of Tablet computers.

However, the following article ‘Is the Internet the Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy?’ reminds us of the fact that despite possessing vast amounts of information at our fingertips, it has inexplicably contributed towards obscuring our consciousness, paralysing our pursuits for self-knowledge and wisdom, and distracting us from attaining the true and beneficial knowledge that would broaden our perspective concerning world affairs.


As the article states:

The Bible says knowledge shall increase at the end of the days.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:4 King James Version)”

Perhaps the greatest evidence for the rapid growth of information is the Internet and the cell phone.

  • There are approximately 2 billion Internet users today (Source: Internet World Stats)
  • There are over 232 million websites related to a variety of content.
  • There are currently 4.6 billion cell phone users worldwide. (Source: CBS, Click here to read why)

Mankind, thanks to the Internet, is suffering from Information Overload.

WordPress, Firefox and Google support the “law of free supply and demand:” When the supply of bandwidth is virtually free, it creates ubiquitous demand.

Subsequent verses in the Book of Daniel make it clear that God doesn’t even want anyone reading the last chapter of the Book of Daniel lest they start to “understand.”

“And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end-time. Many will be purged, purified and refined; but the wicked will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.  12:9-12”

New Revised vs. King James

Every translation of the Bible except The New Revised Standard Edition (NRSV) reflects the sentiment of “King James:” That God is worried about “too much knowledge.”

The NRSV edition, the only Bible translation that is widely ecumenical, is worried about “too much evil:”

“But you, Daniel, keep the words secret and the book sealed until the time of the end. Many shall be running back and forth, and evil shall increase.”

So according to God, if the book isn’t sealed up, a bunch of people will be running around increasing either “knowledge” or “evil.”

You’ve probably already figured out what’s wrong with the Biblical explanation. Information doesn’t equal knowledge.

Keeping Knowledge from the Masses

What if the Internet is an ingenious and nefarious tactic to keep knowledge from the masses?

Did you know that the 1%ers have a responsibility to share knowledge with the masses?

The 1%ers believe that the “true knowledge” of the universe belongs to them (the Economic Elite of the World), but they are bound by the Rosicrucian Creed: “The elite have a responsibility to share the true knowledge with the masses.” [1]

The Internet is a way for the Economic Elite to satisfy the Rosicrucian Creed and still keep us in the dark.

The World Wide Web is flooded with misinformation, disinformation, viruses, hoaxes, fads and Sockpuppets.

You would have to agree that it is just about impossible to find any “true knowledge” in the avalanche and blizzard of useless, irrelevant nonsense on the web.

In conclusion: Obviously, this mainstream and ubiquitous knowledge only serves to bamboozle (intentionally?) us with useless or erroneous facts (which most of us unfortunately think is the truth), rather than educate us about pertinent and imperative matters.

In other words, the majority of this so-called knowledge only makes us even more ignorant than we already are, rather than making us truly enlightened beings.

How To Eliminate Information Overload…or at Least Limit It

As for limiting the effects of information overload, I don’t think you will go too far wrong by following the Four rules of Jeet Kune Do:

    1. Research your own experience
    2. Absorb what is useful
    3. Reject what is useless
    4. Add what is specifically your own

Although the rules above are mostly adapted for one’s personal growth, we can also apply it (especially rules #2 & #3) in regards the filtering of information.

As Dave Peck writes in his post ‘How Do We Stop Information Overload?’:

Is it Overload or the Inability to Filter?: Are we actually getting information we do not need or information we do need, but maybe not right now?

All this information not being filtered properly can lead to things like:

Loss of Productivity: With too much information coming at us it is very easy to get lost in the details. We end up wasting time focusing on unimportant information and lose sight of our true goal and purpose. This extra data distracts away from our major tasks for the day. How often have you turned on your computer to check email, and ended up surfing the net for hours?

Extra Noise: These different sources of information creates noise in our minds. This just makes it even harder to concentrate and stay on task.

Loss of Time: There are only so many hours in a day. Sometimes I just find myself spending a lot of my time just reviewing and looking at all this incoming information. A lot of this information is unwanted, low priority or just not needed.

Always Being On: I found that if I am constantly consuming information, all the time. At work, home, car, at kids events and even at the dinner table. Im missing out on things around me.

I would also limit or disregard most of the information you get from mainstream news programs who claim to be “fair, balanced and truthful”, and like to focus on meaningless events, such as the celebrity lifestyle.

However, I do recommend to watch the following two news programs, which I think, give a more objective and honest view on serious and important global issues:

Your Mission In Life Should You Choose To Accept…If Not, Stay Ignorant

Again, as an active Truth-seeker, I reiterate what your mission should be for discerning truth and beneficial knowledge in life – that’s if you choose to accept:

  • turn off the TV and radio
  • dispose of the newspapers
  • question everything you have been told and taught to be true
  • inquire for yourself to discern what the truth may be – in other words, educate yourselves
  • Seek and gain the practical and beneficial knowledge that can actually help you to become conscious beings, self-reliant, self-determined, pragmatic and wise
  • Look within yourselves for the true answers towards achieving your aims in life – the truth and wisdom is within you to use to your advantage
  • Take responsibility for your own health, income, and general well-being

I think it would also be a good idea for you to limit your use of the Internet and your latest technological fascination with Smartphones (euphemism for “dumbing-down phones”) and Tablet PCs (euphemism for “cyanide tablets for the mind”).  Personally, I can’t see what the fuss is all about with these novelty devices, to be honest.

Do these mobile devices actually help the population to attain the knowledge and information which will make a difference in their lives, or is it another way to possess our minds into becoming another social networking zombie?

I would be interested in hearing what others say on the matter regarding this current fad.  Please feel free to share your own thoughts and views by commenting – Thank you.

5 Comments

  1. Lucas Hooey says:

    I’m 18 years old. A year ago i was almost addicted to Reddit.com, facebook and internet porn. I would mindlessly devote a VERY unhealthy portion of my day to them. Even though i took some control of those habits, about a week ago I started to honestly feel like a simple webpage in a book of faces, or a name in a contact list. I deleted my Facebook account. I stopped watching cable tv (except NDSU and playoff football) which i now believe to be the most evil of any human invention. These things, considered the social norms and staples of entertainment, are tearing the soul out of my generation and every generation who has been slowly demoralized by their creation. Morality, the ability to ponder our own meaning of existentence, setting personal goals and standards; these things are being eliminated from the set of gifts we have recieved through thousands upon thousands of years of sentiency. Technology is the base in which laziness sets it’s roots. Why try to actively better ourselves and those around us when we can just talk about it over text message or Facebook chat? Realization of this phenomenon of shallowness has been very debilitating, and has alienated me from certain friends who seem to only want to use social media to socialize. The scariest thing about it is how many people believe this wave of social technology has somehow enlightened them and made everything better. What they don’t realize is dependence on anything that is not necessary to our survival can be extremely harmful if used improperly. Being a social black hole is comparable to drug addiction, in my opinion.

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi Lucas,

    Thank you for your insightful comment.

    Your eloquent discription of your own experience will, I’m sure, help a lot of people who suffer from both dependency and addiction of technology and social networking.

    The aim is to see technology as a tool and not let it it interfere with your own self-understanding and self-growth.

  3. blobby says:

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Completely agree with the following:

    1. Research your own experience
    2. Absorb what is useful
    3. Reject what is useless
    4. Add what is specifically your own

    With respect to managing time & getting (ONLY) the information we need… may I suggest this article: Steve Pavlina – Personal Productivity

    http://www.stevepavlina.com/articles/triple-your-personal-productivity.htm

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    Thanks bro!

    If I’m not too overloaded I will try to find the time to read the article that you kindly provided 😉

  5. blobby says:

    My pleasure