The weariness of the flesh: Reflections on the life of the mind in an era of abundance

Paul B. Gandel, Richard N. Katz

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The invention of the printing press reduced higher education's learning-resource scarcity. Access to learning increased, and this democratization of education indirectly contributed to the idea of political democracy in the western world. As part of these political changes, equilibrium was sought between the supply of expertise needed to promote prosperity and the demand for such expertise. This equilibrium has been elusive as the world economy shifts to a reliance on intellectual capital. To complicate matters, we now live in a world of staggering information abundance. How do we mange such boundless information? One answer may lie in viewing the social character of information (how information is used) as fundamental in setting information management agendas. This article presents a holistic approach to information management as one strategy to create effective management of information that starts with the individual and ends with collective knowledge and wisdom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Asynchronous Learning Network
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Information abundance
  • Information ecology
  • Information management
  • Knowledge economy
  • Personal digital repositories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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