Tag: noise

Something Thoreau wrote on October 23, 1852

“What men call social virtue, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm. It brings men together in crowds and mobs in barrooms and elsewhere, but it does not deserve the name of virtue.”

Regardless of venue, groupthink effort rarely matches in value the one-on-one exchange of ideas between parties who have like-minded interests and goals. Brainstorming efficiency is inversely related to the size of the crowd.

MG signing off (to avoid the inhibitor otherwise referred to as “noise”)

Technology Quote of the Month

So far, but hard to beat

Steven Hodson on communication technology utilization:

Communication is a great thing but over-communication I think can also be a detriment. We seem to want to spend so much time talking about literally nothing in order it seems to justify our use of these tools. Communication tools are meant to enhance our lives and our work but it seems that they have become more of a means to lose ourselves in the mundane instead.

I don’t think it’s all justification of use – some of it is trying to lead by example so the “mainstream” will learn and adopt. Meanwhile, the mainstream is still figuring out how to make this month’s mortgage payment.