“It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure”
September 12th, 2008

The title of this post is the subject of Clay Shirky’s keynote that he will deliver next Thursday at the Web 2.0 EXPO in New York City. Shirky is on the Advisory Board for this first time appearance of O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 EXPO in New York City — to which another Advisor said: “Well, it’s about <expletive deleted> time.” (Anil Dash, Blogger, Evangelist, and proud New Yorker). Dash’s comment is on the event site, which responds:

We agree. Web 2.0 Expo was launched to connect the builders of the web with the brightest minds, hottest ideas, and most valuable tools – and with each other. New York has long been where the world’s biggest industries go online, and as Web 2.0 grows up and gets serious, the time is right to convene the East Coast web communities under the umbrella of the next generation web. It’s time to come together to learn, share and network. And it’s time to celebrate the size, power, and innovation of the East Coast web industry.

A proud New Yorker myself, I will be blogging at the Web 2.0 EXPO, which will be held at Javitz Center from September 16-19. I will be looking for Web 2.0 ideas that can and/or could apply to education. Although “education” is seldom part of a product description in the EXPO’s advance materials, several of the participants I have been in touch with want to share their thoughts with me on how education could benefit from what they are doing — or already does. That is why I picked Clay Shirky’s title for this post. I think “filter failure” may be where we have not yet succeed in applying Web 2.0 to learning. More about that next week.


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