HELP! I DON’T WANT TO KNOW!

We are bombarded with so much of information these days that it can be overwhelming.

~ We are bombarded these days with so much of information that it can be overwhelming.

~ We are bombarded with so much of information that it can be overwhelming these days.

~ These days, we are overwhelmed with the bombardment of so much of information.

~ These days we are bombarded with so much of information that it can be overwhelming.

If we wanted to search up information on say, papayas, or climate change, or any other subject; We commonly would search it up on Google, the most popular search engine. We will hear such phases as “Just google it” or ask “Mr. Google”. The search results could display thousands, if not hundreds of thousands or millions of results. If you don’t use search engine optimization, commonly known as SEO tools; or may not know exactly what information you are looking for; it could be a daunting task to sieve through all these results to get the information that you may desire.

CAN WE SAY” by Alan Ian Atkinson. This art is for rent.

Covid-19 and information related to it is the current “hot” on trending list. So are cabinets built with back doors. You can “put” in or “key” in keywords that help zoom in on your search.

Now, it seems you do not have to search up information on Google. Google or the information comes to you. Loads of it. At an alarming rate. Whether you want it or not, you’re gonna get it. In your emails, all your social media like Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to name a few; sms messages and other messages that pop up on your smartphones, tvs and other devices.

Is this called “pushed information”? Are you getting it whether you like it or not? Do you have the choice of receiving them or not? How can you verify if the information received is credible or the truth?

What if you are searching for some information – then Google serves up a list of what it thinks is your best fit. This could also be biased towards its “customers” who pay premium money to have their info not only high up in the rankings of their search, but also what you are going to get. The rest of the search results, Google will then blacken out.

It may seem to look like it is already happening – Samsung has decided to ditch its watch Tizen OS in favor for Android’s Wear OS. Though Tizen OS had a smaller number of watch faces and apps to offer than when compared with Android’s Wear OS; it’s apps were still quality with a premium look. Android’s Wear OS has the watch faces that look like the cheap China made imitation / clone / copy watch faces. Most of the typeface and information is too small to read.

The Covid-19 pandemic running at over peak heights have caused some people to leave in fear. For instance, on one hand, there is information which states that you must have fresh air come in buildings from the outside, you cannot be in an air-conditioned or enclosed room for long. On the other hand, with the delta variant mingling in the air like an aerosol spray for up to 16 hours; you cannot breathe outside air. Confusing!

Which to believe? Run this question by Google, you get kezillion results. Whichever search engine you you use to search an answer to that question; the results are going to probably be the same except that it may be less than a kezillion.

“PINK UNDERSTANDING” by Alan Ian Atkinson. This art is for rent.

Information is in abundance, in its element on the internet and for those who read books (Books? What are those? Extinct by the next decade in order to save the trees). It’s true.

That is why we have to refer to influencers… er I mean experts. These are people whom we have to put our trust in, that they are qualified in the subject and know what they are talking about.

Just when we may have thought we have mastered every shade of 16 million colours that cameras, smartphones with cameras, smartcameras with phones were touting to capture in pictures taken by them; a certain smartphone manufacturer recently claims that its latest model smartphone can capture 1 bi bi billion shades of colour. I can see it now….long queues of people waiting to buy this billion colour wonder snapper.

Why do they call them camera “smartphones” when the primary function of these devices is to make and receive phone calls. Therefore, cameras with phone capabilities should be called “smart cameras”? I wonder. A google search on “smartcameras” comes up with results of cameras that can work remotely over wifi or bluetooth. No mention of making or receiving phone calls. Smartwatches can.

Information has complicated what was so simple…or seemed simple enough. Perhaps, it was there all along but we were oblivious to it. Do we really need to know?

This essay is an abstract form of an article, somewhat like abstract art. How you read and understand it is correct.

NOTE:

  1. “Or Not” is the second question in a one question sentence. The readership that relates to this famous one question (Two actually) are from Malaysia and Singapore.
  2. Help, I need somebody. Help, not just anybody….

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