December 15, 2006 12:20am CST
What information mean???? What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. - Herbert Simon Online forums, message boards, and newsgroups are now ubiquitous. These powerful communication tools offer many strong benefits. However, forum participation can also become a destructive addiction, where the benefits are overshadowed by negative side effects. Here are some potential benefits of regular online forum participation: Intellectual exchange Learning new ideas and refining old ones Enjoying community membership Influencing the forum's evolution Contributing to others Making new friends and contacts New business leads Keeping up with current events Learning about new opportunities Here are some potential negative effects of excessive forum usage: Reduced concentration and focus Reduced productivity Chronic procrastination Increased pessimism and/or apathy Being distracted by endless debates and idle gossip Gradually substituting tribal group think for your own intelligence Impaired social skills, neglected relationships, and a weakened social circle (a consequence of substituting online socialization for face-to-face conversations) Reduced energy (forum participation is sedentary compared to more active social outlets) Reduced self-esteem Career and income may suffer (including loss of employment) Forum addiction Since the early 1990s, I've participated in many different online forums, message boards, and newsgroups and have experienced many of these positive and negative effects at various times. I ran a popular game developer forum for almost two years, so I've had experience both as a participant and a forum operator. On the positive side, I've learned many great ideas, made valuable new business contacts, and even met my wife on a local computer bulletin board system. On the negative side, I found excess participation to be a huge time drain (and very addicting as well). Here are some suggestions for using forums effectively and avoiding the negative side effects:
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15 Dec 06
Information is the result of processing, manipulating and organizing data in a way that adds to the knowledge of the person receiving it. Information as a concept bears a diversity of meanings, from everyday usage to technical settings. Generally speaking, the concept of information is closely related to notions of constraint, communication, control, data, form, instruction, knowledge, meaning, mental stimulus, pattern, perception, and representation. Many people speak about the Information Age as the advent of the Knowledge Age  or knowledge society, the information society, and information technologies, and even though informatics, information science and computer science are often in the spotlight, the word "information" is often used without careful consideration of the various meanings it has acquired. Information as a message Information is the state of a system of interest (curiosity). Message is the information materialized. Information is a quality of a message a sender to one or more receivers. Information is always about something (size of a parameter, occurrence of an event, ...). Viewed in this manner, information does not have to be accurate. It may be a truth or a lie, or just the sound of a kiss. Even a disruptive noise used to inhibit the flow of communication and create misunderstanding would in this view be a form of information. However, generally speaking, if the amount of information in the received message increases the more accurate the message is. This model assumes there is a definite sender and at least one receiver. Many refinements of the model assume the existence of a common language understood by the sender and at least one of the receivers. An important variation identifies information as that which would be communicated by a message if it were sent from a sender to a receiver capable of understanding the message. However, in requiring the existence of a definite sender, the "information as a message" model does not attach any significance to the idea that information is something that can be extracted from an environment, e.g., through observation, reading or measurement. Information is a term with many meanings depending on context, but is as a rule closely related to such concepts as meaning, knowledge, instruction, communication, representation, and mental stimulus. Simply stated, Information is a message received and understood. In terms of data, it can be defined as a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn. There are many other aspects of information since it is the knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction. But overall, information is the result of processing, manipulating and organizing data in a way that adds to the knowledge of the person receiving it. Communication theory is a numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome, for example, we can say that "the signal contained thousands of bits of information". Communication theory tends to use the concept of information entropy, generally attributed to C.E. Shannon (see below). Another form of information is the Fisher information, a concept of R.A. Fisher. This is used in application of statistics to estimation theory and to science in general. Fisher information is thought of as the amount of information that a message carries about an unobservable parameter. It can be computed from knowledge of the likelihood function defining the system. For example, with a normal likelihood function, the Fisher information is the reciprocal of the variance of the law. In the absence of knowledge of the likelihood law, the Fisher information may be computed from normally distributed score data as the reciprocal of their second moment. Even though information and data are often used interchangeably, they are actually very different. Data is a set of unrelated information, and as such is of no use until it is properly evaluated. Upon evaluation, once there is some significant relation between data, and they show some relevance, then it is converted into information. Now this same data can be used for different purposes. Thus, till the data convey some information, they are not useful.
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15 Dec 06
For me information is simple - need to know! Its simple. I need to know where my kids are. need to know when they 'll be back. Need to know why they are not back by now. Thats information for me. If I am uninformed I am in panic. Information is what I should know at this moment.
15 Dec 06
Information can be anything.. This is a right of every human being to have information. Today information drives the world. In a flash of second information is traversing one to other corner of the world. Information can be anything or can be of any shape also. Everyone is hungry of information. Right information creates a right awareness, and in workplace right information decide the quality of work.So it is gud to have right information to minimize many damage.
15 Dec 06
Where does information come from? 1. Books: a. Monographs - a written account of a single thing b. Anthologies - a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music c. Reference - a work (as a dictionary or encyclopedia) containing useful facts or information (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Online Dictionary) 2. Periodicals: a. Scholarly Journals b. Magazines c. Newspapers 3. Non-Print Material: a. Television b. Film/Video c. Radio/Audio Tape d. Pictures 4. People: a. Interviews/Conversations b. Speeches c. Associations 5. Internet a. Library Databases b. Websites c. E-mail
16 Dec 06
a message received and understood data: a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn; "statistical data" knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction (communication theory) a numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome; "the signal contained thousands of bits of information"
16 Dec 06
Very good, but it seems too many for me as of now, I can't absorb. I'm still learning and learning so many things at the same time, exhausting and my brain seems breaking for too much information. I've got to learn little by little perhaps. Thanks a lot.
16 Dec 06
These powerful communication tools offer many strong benefits. However, forum participation can also become a destructive addiction, where the benefits are overshadowed by negative side effects. Here are some potential benefits of regular online forum participation
15 Dec 06
Well , completely agree with you and It is a potential problem.I have gone through similar effects while being part of forum. I think clarity of purpose and moderation is one the way out.The deficit of attention is due to the information overload and diminishes our focus. By being clear about what information we need I think the negatives u mentioned can be overcome.Ultimately it is how focussed we remain..