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Stir your brain... Posted on 11/17/2002.

With "Connectedland", an inspiring essay about the role of interaction design in our Smart Mobs future. In it, he introduces the term "interaction anxiety," this notion of being overwhelmed by all the human-computer interaction we have to do in our daily lives to connect to others. It's a phrase he riffed from Richard Saul Wurman's "Information Anxiety," which dealt with the angst caused by drowning in a sea of information, afraid that you're not finding the items most valuable for you to further your understanding.

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