This is what blogging is; this is why it is so popular; and this is why it is mostly ignored. Everyone still wants to be published, even though there are now far more things being published than anyone could possibly read. Even an online bookstore like Amazon, which has, in effect, bookshelves of infinite size, only contributes to the information overload that plagues us.
An intermediate solution, and an old one, is to be published in a periodical, in a newspaper or a magazine. The problem, for a reading person like me (a rare breed, these days) is to limit the number of these one reads. I have resisted Wired Magazine, but I may have to add it to my list. Fortunately, this is extremely easy – in Windows 7, just add it to your taskbar – where it joins all the other fine online publications vying for your attention.
Somehow or other, I can’t remember just how, I ended up looking at this article in Wired – and I was impressed by it. Evidently a lot of people were also impressed and had to add their own six-cents worth – with the result that only 82 of the 162 comments are shown.
I won’t bother, any comment of mine would be lost in the noise, but I will add my noise here – and I will make it brief. The interesting thing for me about this article is that it addresses the problem of complexity. In nature everything is complex – many things effecting many other things – but we had greatly simplified this into a simple cause-and-effect chain of events (which, among other things, eliminated people from the picture).
I can remember my Grandfather in prayer meeting, rocking up on his toes to make himself bigger, repeating over and over “Cause and effect! Cause and effect!”
I could not help but noticing (although not very clearly at first) that his world, and that of my parents, was in the process of destroying itself – for the simple reason that it was not noticing how the world really was: complex - not just complicated.