information overload

The Little Review: not so little, but finally getting littler

I have never used Gephi before this class, yet I already find myself taking a liking to it. Our assignment at the beginning of this week to "read" an entire issue of The Little Review was intimidating. Keep this in mind and imagine the difficulty of reading--of becoming well-read in--an entire field or category of works of literature. We face an incredible problem in our current digital age (and at that, one that particularly bothers me to the point that it's surprising that I am as big a computer and internet enthusiast as I am): the problem of information overload. It is not possible to process all of the information we have access to.

Although this problem is techically the same one we've always had, there is one crucial difference: now we have access to much more information--and instantly--and our ability to read it conventionally has not increased in proportion to our ability to obtain it. So here's where digital humanities--and particularly, a tool like Gephi--comes in. Gephi essentially provides a better way of scanning to me. I like how quickly I can home in on works within an issue that, for example, have to do with irony, and how I can adjust the degree of relatedness to "irony"  I am looking for. It seems poetic to me that if technology gives us greater information overload, technology must also give us a way to mitigate or even eliminate it once and for all.