It is not easy to find fresh water in the flood. In this situation, people might drink any water that is not supposed to be clean. Similarly, the development of technology makes people live in a flood of information, and makes us obtain needless information. In Charles Baxter’s essay “Shame and Forgetting in the Information Age,” he states the effects of a lots of information on our society in modern age. However, I think the most important point we should know in the current information age is that the relations of between the information and the human are reversed. In other words, people are swayed by the information with too much information. Nowadays, it is necessary we find the ways how to control information more effectively. In order to do so, above all, people should know what information exactly they need. After that, the ability to distinguish the effective information would be required. The absence of the capability would possibly give the ineffective information authorities too much.
The Quotation from Text:
“’Your memory’ can now in casual conversation refer to your computer’s memory rather than your own.” (P.145)
“Some information turns quickly into garbage. Bad information may well force out good, in a Gresham’s Law of data processing.” (P.146)
“Their lives and their authority depend upon their ability to remember, and to remember their subjects in public.” (P.144)
“Forgetting and shame might just serve, under the immediate surface of consciousness, as an escape route of sorts.” (P.150)
“All the computers in the world cannot remedy it.” (P.157)