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This is a blog post I wrote to share my thoughts on the current state of information overload and its effects on society. I hope you find it interesting and useful.
Some people might call this era a new dark age, not because of a lack of information, but rather because of an excess and overload of it. Information of all kinds and qualities reaches every corner of the world in an instant, and we are not shielded from the harm that this constant bombardment of information does to humanity. People do not process the information that they receive. They do not have time to step back and analyze it, because they are overwhelmed with information, and they act like passive receivers of it. This information increases anxiety, fear, conflict, division, bias, phobia, distrust, and isolation. There are the extremists who think that only they are right, the radicals, and they do not listen to each other, they do not hear and understand that things are not black and white. The intolerance, the disrespect, the egocentrism all increases disproportionately on this dark age. But not for lack of information, because we have more information available than ever before, but for having too much of it and being unable to process and analyze it. We judge others and we can destroy someone's reputation because they do not believe in what we believe. We idolize people who do not share our values, even if our values or beliefs are proven wrong. It does not matter because some "celebrities" are doing that.
Addressing these challenges requires a multi-faceted approach, including media literacy education, critical thinking skills, fostering open dialogue, and encouraging a more balanced consumption of information. It's important for individuals to be aware of their information consumption habits and to actively seek out diverse perspectives to gain a more comprehensive understanding of complex issues. Society as a whole can also benefit from promoting empathy, respectful discourse, and recognition of the nuances that shape our worldviews.
Emma Ugarelli is my name. I grew up in Lima, Peru and immigrated to Canada two decades ago. I have a Psychology degree from Peru, and I worked as a psychologist for fifteen years. In Canada, I pursued Early Childhood Education and I have been a daycare provider for the last twenty years. I became a writer in 2021 when I published my first children's book "Lou and his Mane". I reside in Kitsilano, Vancouver, with my family and cat Ricky.