This quote assumes that the internet has put knowledge in a dark age. The lack of verification to the information that is shared through the internet has decade and so it’s credibility. Now days any information popularized by the number of viewers becomes an important and reliable information.
“The Internet represents the ascension of yahoos, a victory lap for plagiarists, the end of culture, the beginning of a dark ages inhabited by glassy-eyed chronic masturbators who judge truth by the number of thumbs up, wisdom by the number of views, and knowledge by whatever is the most fun to believe.”(To Big to Know”:Prologue)
The problem in today’s world is not with the vast amount of information, but more with the amount of substantial information we lack access to. This assumes that the overload of information is not an issue but the scarce of information that our society really need.
“And the fear that keeps us awake at night is not that all this information will cause us to have a mental breakdown but that we are not getting enough of the information we need.”(“Too Big to Know” p24)
The great amount of information that we have in today’s world is not the issue but the way it’s been filter. The author explains that there is no effective filter in the internet. Any information put out in the net can always be available. It doesn’t matter if it never gets published or televised as long as it get to the net everyone will be able to access it. This assumes that filters no longer filter out the none substantial information.
“Filters no longer filter out. They filter forward, bringing their results to the front. What doesn’t make it through a filter is still visible and available in the background.”(Too Big to Know” p26)
A technical writer is not only known for the technical skills he/she posses, but also about the knowledge he/she has about what ever it’s been written. The ability to explain a complicated topic to a none expert, is what makes a writer a technical one.
“A technical writer is really a translator. You start with a complicated piece of technology, and your mission is to explain to a nonexpert how to use that technology.”(Technical Writing 101 p8)
A Technical writer has to understand it’s topic but also needs to have the knowledge about what audience he/she will write for. Understanding your audience will help you breakdown the information you will provide. This way you filter out the unnecessary information for the particular audience you are writing for.