Information isn't currency, it's a wallet

I believe the internet is one of those concepts where each blessing might just be considered a curse as well.

Once upon a time, in school, I learned that information now acts as currency. We live in the "information society", and information is our best asset, the one which sets us apart from the rest of the market. We exchange information to prove our value, and the more informed we are, the more valuable (and desirable) we become.

Real life experience has taught me otherwise.

It turns out the value of the information society is directly proportional to the amount of time we invest processing its raw matter and creating something with it.

Information isn't currency in itself, but rather a wallet. The real value we carry in it are connections. Da Vinci said it wisely: “Realize that everything connects to everything else.” We are expected to make such connections in order to create truly valuable assets.

These connections are cognitive, in the sense that we now are expected to increasingly connect the ideas around us. But they are also sociological, because connecting with (and as) human beings is what crafts the opportunities we're never going to get on our own.

These connections, in other words, are the knowledge we own. Knowledge is preceded by information, which states its essentiability in the process, but most importantly it requires output creation. In a world of infinite real time information, having more of it stops being the point.

The Guardian actually has a recent piece about why news are bad for us. It's unbelievably bold. Intriguing. Necessary.

Because it shows how pure information doesn't necessarily lead to a more prepared society. It might lead to a (slightly) more informed one.

Possessing information no longer sets us apart. Processing it does.