Data are not information. Information is not meaning. Just as data require processing to become informational, so information requires processing to become meaningful.
Yet the more abundant the information, the less meaning it seems to yield. All seems, instead, congestion and confusion. The surest way to destroy a person's capacity for discrimination and good judgment is to bombard him or her with an enormous abundance of data, even if it's incontestably relevant. The greater the variety of good food consumed at a meal, the less you appreciate each dish. The louder the noise, the less clear the message.
- Theodore Levitt