“According to IBM, 90 percent of the data in the world was created within the last two years. Now not all that data is very useful though, it might include YouTube videos of people’s cats and text messages sent between teenage girls.” — Nate Silver
For the record, we’re not saying YouTube videos of people’s cats are not useful (I mean, come on).
But in today’s interview with Nate Silver, he mentioned that in the current age of unlimited information, the real skill is learning to pick out what’s useful from all the information noise.
It got me thinking: How do you sift through the information noise?
I’ll start: One thing I find helpful is reading longer, more contextual essays or pieces on current events that are published a week, or even two weeks after the event has happened. I find a little distance and perspective goes a long way.
How about you?