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Saturday, October 15, 2005

News + Blog Analysis = Synergistic Info

All The News Doesn’t Fit is the name of a good article written by Bob Walsh in a guest author spot on Keith Robinson’s To Done blog. He offers up some tips on how to filter and control all the news clutter coming at us these days, in a comparison to the logic of how news editors did the job for us twenty plus years ago.

A couple of things jumped out at me:

Unless you consciously take control of when, where and how you get your general, sports, high tech and other news, your chances of getting things done, of creating work, will drown without you even realizing it.
Yep - been there. Way too often. Like just this morning. Walsh says we have to be the “editor,” and our job is to own our attention.

Audit all those little news feeds that have crept into your online life. Which are worth keeping? Which are noise? Turn off the noise.
This concept of “turning off the noise” is looming large with me these days, and he’s right: I’m finding that the buck stops with me to just say no to all I’ve been letting bombard me.

Look for not just news, but analysis. The mainstream media has largely given up analysis because analysis upsets its corporate masters. Look to the blogs – whether its high tech news, sports news or politics – for people willing to call a spade a spade and own their words.

From saying no, to saying yes to the right stuff, the good stuff. The stuff that can create synergistic information for you versus plain old news.

The entire article is worth a read, including the first comment by J.H. Shewmaker. Click in:
All The News Doesn’t Fit.


  • At 3:31 AM, Blogger Steve Sherlock said…

    Ah yes, another way to phrase time management is thought management. I struggle with this as a blogger daily. How do I keep up with what's is going on, so I can add my two cents and still have tme to complete that book (and book review), and still have time to explore to play in the internet... play being one of the key aspects of learning... and life long learning is so important, more so today than ever.

    Farmers had it easier; lots of labor, long hours, but once the seed was in the ground, they could wait for the harvest.

    In this information age, an idea can take on a life and time dimension of its own. The harvest can be in a nanosecond, or can require much community building. It depends on the idea.

    One does need to take charge of the data deluge coming at us, otherwise we will drown.


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