5 myths about working with information

I've never seen a green unicorn before.
The Digital Landfill blog has published a very interesting post entitled 5 myths about working information in the 21st Century. In the post the author looks at...well 5 myths associated with working with information. These are:
  1. We'll all work less hours in the 21st century - like this is ever going to happen seriously. Apparently there were predictions in the late 80's that we would be working less but despite technology advances we seem to be working even more. Or perhaps because of technology advances we're working even more! 
  2. We're creating more data than ever before - The author makes an interesting point here which is that we're not actually creating more data, but we're retaining it for longer and we're using it in different ways. At least I hope that is the point they're making.
  3. An infinite crowd is infinitely wise - Now then this is a very interesting point that the author makes. We all know how "crowd sourcing" has and can be used by organisations to solve problems or generate ideas. What the author is saying is that actually most great ideas will still come from an individual or as the author puts it "the lone inventor (or small team) who look at a problem in a completely different way"
  4. Email was a 20th century tool - The author is bang on here, email is going to roll and roll and roll and unfortunately we're all going to have to deal with the consequences (information overload etc). But the author does have some suggestion as to how with emails. "First, allow staff to declare themselves “email bankrupts."  The act of doing so will result in a message to all who have sent an email outstanding in their inbox, that nothing prior to the given date will be read or actioned.  The bankrupt then has a clean inbox and a fresh start.  Declaring bankruptcy should have some consequences, but they must not be too serious (name and shame would normally suffice).  In addition, like a financial bankrupt, they should be given some assistance to help them avoid the situation in the future" Sounds like a great idea but I'm not sure how practical it would be in reality. The second suggestion from the author is to send emails in batches. In principle this means using your email client to delay sending emails until a certain point in time. 
  5. All documents and unstructured content are equivalent - I got a bit lost here, so I recommend just reading about this on the blog post!