Jason Kottke
Founder, Kottke.org; Fmr. Web Designer
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The Risks of Too Much Information

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Encouraging the dilettantes is one unfortunate side effect of the information age.

Jason Kottke

Jason Kottke is a blogger and former web designer. Educated at Coe College, Kottke began his career as a web designer in 1986. He worked on design projects for companies as diverse as Charles Schwab, Target, and the University of Minnesota. He designed the now-ubiquitous typeface Silkscreen in 1999, which has since been adopted by Adobe, MTV and Volvo. He has served on the Advisory Board for SXSW Interactive since 2000. In 2005, he announced he had left his web design job to work on his blog full-time. The site is now supported by paid advertisements. Kottke lives in New York City.

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Question: Is there a danger?

 

Jason Kottke:  I don’t know if it’s a danger exactly, but there’s a tendency . . .  I have a tendency, I feel, to be a bit dilettantish about things.  You sort of skim the surface of things and feel like you have an understanding of them when perhaps you don’t.  You know people always say Wikipedia is kind of the big downer in this regard.  You know people go to Wikipedia and they read things, and well, they might or might not be accurate.  And you’re getting sort of this encyclopedia entry style understanding of things – which you don’t really understand the career of, you know, whoever . . . you know of a famous musician, or a playwright, or who knows who.  You know I don’t think you get a very nuanced picture of what they’re all about from reading Wikipedia, or from me describing a link about them to you in two sentences.  So I think there’s a tendency toward that sort of thing online.

 

Recorded on: 10/9/07

 

 

 


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