When they invented writing
King Thamus (400-ish bce) declared that dependence on written words would “weaken the character and create forgetfulness.” About 2000 years later when printing was invented Erasmus ranted about swarms of books that were “an impediment to learning.” And our old friend Descartes (he who is because he thinks) complained that “even if all knowledge could be found in books it is mixed in with so many useless things that it would take longer to read than we have to live in this life, and more effort to select the useful things than to find them oneself.” To put this in perspective, that was about 500 years before Google, Facebook and a zillion etceteras (sorry, et ceterae) deluge us with more than everything we ever wanted to know in the sum of all our lifetimes.
The Age of Information has been around a while, and will be with us until the Powers Above decide to switch off the electricity.
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