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Kids used to ask each other: If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears, does it make a sound? Now there's a microphone in every tree and a loudspeaker on every branch, not to mention the video cameras, and we've entered the condition that David Foster Wallace called Total Noise: "the tsunami of available fact, context, and perspective."

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