Mike commented on the last post that we all just need RSS readers. I don’t think the volume of information is the problem; I do think this cartoon is right on the money.
It reminds me of the story of two Hindu women who tried to get round their alms giving obligation by simply giving alms to each other, back and forth… And ‘became a well so bitter that no one could drink from it.’
The problem has gone beyond dealing with information, but the massive volume of guff, and the incestuous insularity of a lot of it.
It seems to me that there is a whole lot of posting, and not a lot of reading/reflecting. Everyone gabs on about this great Emerging Church ‘conversation’ when it often really feels like a small room full of people all talking at once. Posting less means we shut up for a bit and let others talk, let words sink in and let proper content get some air to breathe. This is what you do in a conversation: speak a bit, listen a lot, reflect and respond. I think we need some more of that. [So now I’ll shut up.]