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I like walking on the beach as it is good for the body, mind, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
The water is vast as far as the eyes can see. From the shallowest depths where the waters begin their retreat from the shore to the deepest of the deep – the depths of the vast waters are not uniform.
These waters contain much information about things we know; such as the living creatures and their interactions with each other and with the materials comprising the floor plus the waters above. The shipwrecks lying on the seafloor tell a story about the human life of days gone by.
The vast waters remain a source of the unknown – animals not seen, treasures not found, and more.
The vast water is also the home to tales and fables. Those encounters with serpents and mermaids – home of the gods and more – all spun from human imagination or ancient beliefs, some of which live on today. Perhaps some of us dream of walking the streets of Atlantis.
The vast water is an analogy for another seemingly endless landscape – the sea of information – facts and knowledge about something or somebody obtained through study – the known facts, data, details, records, documentation, the scoop, and the lowdown.
The vast water also represents a connection in our daily lives – the Web – the internet. Just as the water brings information to the shores for each of us to see, the internet brings knowledge to our fingertips for quick retrieval. Some of us remember the internet’s early days when it was simply an electronic extension of a library.
The amount of records available on the internet today is mind-boggling. Whether public, corporate, or personal, governance of these records continues to be an issue – especially because technology grows faster than governance.
Just like the vast water of the seas, the internet contains tales and fables in the form of inaccuracies and half-truths. We should not be like an unassuming fish grabbing any fisherman’s hook in their quest for food. People must sort through waves of information as a farmer separates corn from the stalks, and wheat from the chaff. Separating fact from fiction, truth from false, information from opinion is important because the source can contain false, misleading, and biased information.
In today’s world, information is like waves – it keeps coming and coming – nonstop – 24-7-365. Anyone who tries to keep up can’t. Toss in the factor of social media influencing information and thought confuses matters and influences perception. Having a strong view does not mean one is well informed. Accurate information is worth knowing, but does anyone value it?
As I walk, my mind suddenly shifts back to the vastness of the sea with its waves rolling ashore and across my feet. Unlike the internet, these waters remain a source for the unknown – the yet-to-be-discovered life forms – the yet-to-be-found treasures – the unknown that will be tomorrow’s known so it can have a place on the sea of information.
I think about new information coming from space satellites and programs. I think about DNA because scientists first explained its structure in the year I was born. The amount of genetic information within each one of us is mind-boggling. Today we know so much about information lying in the sequenced triplet nucleotides. Oh, how the information about DNA has grown in my lifetime.
The waves of information – the good and bad – the true, the false, and the misleading – all co-mingling and coming ashore to splash my feet as I walk on the sand. I still believe that knowledge is power, but I am concerned about what the powerful do with the information. At least for me, these thoughts have been an interesting analogy. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have posted about Information
- Revelation of Excessive Information (an essay)
- Information, Computation, and Reality (book review essay)
- In this World of Information (an essay)
- Freedom of Information Day (an essay)
- Spammed (an essay by an occassional visitor here)
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