Monday, February 16, 2009

The most precious resource

If you think the choice in your local record store is daunting, then just wait till the long tail uncoils its infinite length. Trawling through the blogosphere, or the millions of bands in MySpace, or the tens of millions of videos on YouTube for the one or two blogs or songs or videos with real value isn't viable for those of us with a life or a full-time job. The one resource that is challenged all the more by this long tail of amateur content is our time - the most limited and precious resource of all.
Andrew Keen, The cult of the amateur

Derisory in a couple of places, but at same time interesting in others, Keen's book is enlightening. It is the proof itself that we should be more careful with what we digest and how we process the information we receive each day from more and more places.

Therefore I recently unsubscribed from a couple of blog updates in my reader that were only challenging my most precious resource.


Pawel Brodzinski said...

I've heard somewhere that there's more blogs in the Internet than people living on the world. This makes average readership pretty non-existent.

One of answers to the problem of too much content and way too little time is search. Another, a better one if you asked me, is recommendation. If I choose blogs I go mainly through recommendations (links) from blogs I know and like. If I look for a new band I look for recommendation by users listening to similar music on If I look for a company to build a house I ask my friends who did that recently.

Personally I think I don't have enough time to check it all myself. I prefer to ask someone I trust.

Paul Marculescu said...

Yes, Pawel, good point.
I agree with you, search is clearly useful when looking for a certain thing, but my main problem is exploration.
I find myself being attracted by the interesting content on a blog, then I follow its recommendations and so on. There are more blogs with good posts than anyone can cover.