The problem with too much information
Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:34pm
The job of being a citizen — and being a member of Congress — has gotten much harder of late. As sources of information proliferate and “news” not actually grounded in fact grows common on social media, Americans have to work to sort reality from fiction and insight from disinformation.
This is a challenge for our representative democracy. And we’ve only begun to grapple with it.
Why should too much information be a problem? Let’s start with what I consider to be the most important skill in a representative democracy — not just in government, but within private organizations as well: building consensus.
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