Posted by: bluesyemre | January 29, 2018

Slow Info: Where #Libraries, #Reading, and Well-Being Converge

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Most people would agree that the level of stress is high in our society; many are worried about the present and the future. I posit that part of that anxiety is stoked by the speed at which many of us feel we are expected to absorb and respond to a panoply of information streams. A reaction to this reckless acceleration is the “Slow Information Movement” (SIM), founded by librarian Vanessa Kam, though the term “slow information” has been around since at least 2009. Based on a synthesis of my rudimentary research, “slow information” inclines towards the poles of certain dichotomies:

  • Currency: Enduring over new
  • Latency: More time between inputs over “one thing after another”
  • Density: Higher information density over lower
  • Length: Long-form over short
  • Speed: Deliberate over fast

Alexandra Cain wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald: “It’s about reading books, taking the time to actually talk to people and — this is the part I love — making time to think.”

https://slowinformationmovement.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/introducing-the-slow-information-movement-sim/

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