My local library has a box of old magazines that patrons can take one or two of for free. On the top of the pile is a Newsweek. The front page has certainly piqued my interest. It has a picture of a man with his head encapsulated in a large ice cube. The title reads “Brain Freeze: How the Deluge of Information Paralyzes Our Ability to Make Good Decisions”. Now, that sounds interesting. I pick I up and tuck it under my arm.
Over the next several months, I proceeded to move this magazine to various locations, always keeping it visible in an effort to “get to it”. It made the move from my office in Hartford to my new job and office in New Haven. I even carried it around for a while in my professional workbag. I was careful to relocate it into two other workbags that I have since switched out to. Now, it is in my office, on a shelf, ice-cube head visible at the top of the pile. Today, I am glancing over at the cover as I write this. I still haven’t had a minute to read it. The deluge of information I am experiencing is interfering with me getting to the information in the article. I cannot help but smile a bit to think of the irony. Me, carrying around this magazine for a year in the hopes to read this article. Just what the article refers to: “paralyzed ability to make good decisions”.
I continue to hope to read this interesting piece. Maybe I will move the magazine to my desk at work, front and center. Perhaps then I can be further deluged by the information in the article.