The advent of the internet has been called "the Information Revolution." But throughout history, there have been many revolutions in information technology: the invention of the printing press, the telegraph, and broadcast radio, for instance. The Internet is just one case study among many in the complexity of the human relationship to technology. James Gleick describes how the telegraph forever changed the way human beings understand time, giving rise to our modern synchronicity and scheduling.
Every new invention brings a new way of seeing things, and a new set of questions. How do we cope with the flood? How much is too much? Can we keep from destroying information that might be relevant later? Do we create it, or does it create us? How do we make sense of it all?