Thrashing

I’m not a computer scientist, but I think this accurately describes a lot of the effect that computers have on behaviour.

In computer science, thrashing occurs when a computer’s virtual memory subsystem is in a constant state of paging, rapidly exchanging data in memory for data on disk, to the exclusion of most application-level processing.  —https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrashing_(computer_science)

There is so much data to to get – so many potentially useful resources in so many places, that it becomes hard to get tasks done. They are never done.

I suppose that’s not entirely a new thing, but perhaps it was easier at one time to say, I have enough information, I will put it forth.

It’s probably true of reading, too, not just writing. How to settle upon a given thesis, knowing that infinite objection or variety of interpretation lies just beneath?

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