I gotta say, I’m totally underwhelmed by this:
Most people get too much email, too many magazines, and unconscionably
long voice messages. We call this condition "information overload"??. But
that term misses a key insight: there are actually gaps in the day when
people could absorb additional information. At Accenture Technology Labs
our researchers believe that these gaps represent important new
opportunities to get your message out to an audience. So how do we
identify and exploit those gaps?
It’s from an Accenture article titled The Information Underload Opportunity. I usually like the stuff that Accenture comes up with, but this…not so much. The final thrust of the article is this: Hey! It seems to us that maybe you don’t have quite enough information coming at you. Never fear, we’re here to
exploit help you! We’re going to give you a screensaver that’ll display RSS feeds! Now you can remain in the information tractor beam, even when you can’t touch the mouse because your hands are so greasy from the meatball sandwich. Cool for us!
Okay, deep breath. I don’t actually dislike the idea of the RSS screensaver. It’s kinda cool. I just balk at the idea that somebody is actively trying to fill my quiet time with more stuff. I mean, more stuff for the sake of more stuff is bad enough. But more stuff with the express purpose of invading whatever little sanctuary of peace that I can scrounge up, just makes me more than a little uneasy.
If I was going to install a new screensaver, it’d probably be this Flickr one. (actually, I did install it–kept crashing)