A new generation, one that grew up with a data surplus, is coming along. To this cohort, it’s no big deal to miss a tweet or ten, to delete a blog from your reader or to not return a text or even a voice mail. The new standard for a vacation email is, ‘When I get back, I’m going to delete all the email in my box, so if it’s important, please re-send it next week.’ This is what always happens when something goes from scarce to surplus. First we bathe in it, then we waste it.

Seth Godin - The Shower of Data (via aaronwhite)

(I kind of like the idea of just deleting everything that came in while away. Not going to happen, but it’s a nice thought.)

Reblogged from Infoneer Pulse

a few more reactions to Godin’s post

PC Sweeney: Seth Called Us Out On Our Bullshit And Folks Got Mad

janholmquist: The future of libraries – Why Seth Godin and Bobbi Newman are both right

Censored Genius: The Fight Goes On

Digitization 101: Wayback Wednesday: Looking at the future of libraries

O’Reilly Radar, Nat Torkington: Four Short Links: 18 May 2011

and libraryguy:

Have I got this right? Seth Godin says: “We need librarians more than ever”, and now the entire profession wants to pummel him? 0_o

It may be if a marketing guru says libraries shld be doing stuff we already are, message isn’t abt services, but that we suck at marketing.