Accessibility vs. access: How the rhetoric of “rare” is changing in the age of information abundance
Via Scoop.it – Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond
Maria Papova wrote this piece for Nieman Journalism Lab. Interesting look into the challenge of discovering information and barriers to accessibility.
Intro: Historically, the two main types of obstacles to information discovery have been barriers of awareness, which encompass all the information we can’t access because we simply don’t know about its existence in the first place, and barriers of accessibility, which refer to the information we do know is out there but remains outside of our practical, infrastructural or legal reach.
What the digital convergence has done is solve the latter, by bringing much previously inaccessible information into the public domain, made the former worse in the process, by increasing the net amount of information available to us and thus creating a wealth of information we can’t humanly be aware of due to our cognitive and temporal limitations, and added a third barrier — a barrier of motivation.
“Great editors are like great matchmakers: they introduce people to whole new ways of thinking, and they fall in love.” http://www.niemanlab.org/2011/08/accessibility-vs-access-how-the-rhetoric-of-rare-is-changing-in-the-age-of-information-abundance/
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