Due to the rapid growth in the Information Technology (IT) industry, any information is now available in a split of seconds. Online search engines, mobile phones, radio, television, and newspapers also add to the ready availability of information at the speed of thought.
However, one wonders if all kinds of information is really useful or is it just junk that is being dumped on us. A careful thought will help us ‘use’ all these information for productive causes.
Kautilya in Arthashastra says it is very important for a person to be well informed, but more important is the question—Why is the information required?
“Coming to know what is known, definite strengthening of what has become known, removal of doubt in case of two possible alternatives, finding out the rest in a matter that is partly known—this can be achieved by external sources” (1.15.20-21)
Let us look at each aspect of ‘information’ separately.
Coming to know what is known
Some information that we get is already known to us. India winning the cricket match could be direct information that you must have got while watching a live telecast. The same information may be repeated in the next day newspapers. This information has very less value addition.