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Kathy Sierra on "keeping up"
Merlin Mann | May 1 2006
Kathy Sierra had a good post the other day about the problem of "keeping up," and, in particular, how so many of us feel compelled to take on unrealistic reading loads and then feel bad about not being able to deal with it.
I'm intrigued by this whole idea of "keeping up" -- especially in how we experience and exert an invisible pressure to know more (and sooner) than our peers and the world in general. As I said in the BayCHI talk, at a point you really need to ask yourself precisely what it is you're keeping up with. Which is not to say you won't have an excellent answer for this -- there are certainly things that bring so much value to your world that their most minute changes must be monitored and synthesized in nearly real time. But, I guess I just wonder how much of the attention we grant to something like "news and information" ends up being squandered on celebrity babies, political theater, and whacky internet memes.
It'd be interesting to consider how often the things you monitor most map to the things you (say you) value most. Or, as I might have phrased it in third grade, if you love Digg so much, maybe you should marry it.
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