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Information Overload

Information overload is a term used to describe an overflow of information through many different media both digital, radio, TV, Video, newspaper, books, Internet so large that we have problems on an individual level sorting it out so it creates a stress factor and risk that it´s out-dated before making any decisions.

Regarding ecological, environmentally problems and sustainability questions the information is immensely vast due to its complexity and across all fields of science of Earth to economics, politics, psychology, sociology, cultural differences and so on. Also because there are different opinions and a lot of money at stake some manipulate information in order to gain profit and leave out the responsibility. Therefore, the dilemma of a dictionary such as Eco Fashion Dictionary should it be narrow and only includes textile issues or should it be wide and less specific?

I came to the conclusion that it is better to include a wider selection of terminology because understanding the ecological problems one need to think in terms of a complex system and decisions thereafter. Many of today’s problems caused by global corporations are because they base their solutions on data that is not including the whole system thinking and therefore creates directly or indirectly problems elsewhere. Therefore, instead as much as possible the dictionary includes links to posts written on a more specific textile or fashion regarded issues, for example, the series of post on Nanotechnology in the textile industries or the series on how to make fashion more sustainable. defines information overload as following: The stress induced by the reception of more information than is necessary to make a decision (or that can be understood and digested in the time available) and by attempts to deal with it with out-dated time management practices. In addition to using the standard definition of too much information for one person to absorb, PC Magazine has another definition that information overload includes the excessively intricate and often indecipherable manuals that must be read to operate everything from a handheld device to a software application. 



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