Please! Don't remind me

Rather than help us remember, will the Internet of the future help us ignore things? Cory Doctorow thinks so.

Describing the nature of the Internet - its "best effort," packet networking structure - and the number of ways in which people can now contact him, he says that "the internet won't ever become more tractable. There will never be fewer things vying for our online attention." But, he added, perhaps an emerging new field of technology that will help users ignore things might provide an answer.

It does sound like a business opportunity.

But it also put me in mind of a something I read 18 months or so ago from Douglas Rushkoff, who, describing a television debate on the future in which he participated, concluded by saying that we may be moving into an era where we will define ourselves more by the technologies we refuse than the ones we accept.

Wayne