Choose any current controversial topic, go ahead. Is it Charlie Sheen’s replacement? Obama’s speech (Where was it?)? Lars von Trier’s “Nazi” remark at Cannes? Uganda’s homophobic laws? The Crisis? OBL death? DSK affair? Or you may prefer Libya today? How does that hot Spanish “revolution” sound? What about Bahrain? Is Japan’s disaster already outdated? It does not matter. Try me. I must be able to say something about it. Moreover, I must have an immediate position on that subject. The instantaneous availability of information has turned against us somehow, and now we have reached a point where since we are able to know then we are forced to know. And the truth is that the quality of information is not increasing (on the contrary!). We may be able to get a grasp of what is happening here and there extremely fast, but deep serious coverage is scarce and in any case impossible to consume and process before the standard fifteen (sixteen… twenty?) hours of global attention (fame) expire. We are supposed to pick our standing regarding whatever you choose in about half an hour. After that, any undeclared is considered either ignorant or apathetic. And you do not really want to be called half-hearted on subjects where there are —sometimes literally— human lives on the line. But on the other hand there are some issues (most of them!) that are seriously fucking hard to puzzle out. This phenomenon is the key when it comes to understand the way political or social discussions develop these days. Most substantial information should be ignored or despised due to the pressure imposed on us (by whom?) to say something right away. As a result, robotic echoing, superficial analysis and emptiness (dressed as “brevity”) prevail, and extremism becomes the rule (it is easy to adopt and promote). In conclusion, we are wasting our time (if not making things worse). I believe current social web dynamics (and I am thinking mainly Twitter and Facebook here) are partly responsible for what I just described. I would like to find ways (actively exploiting social tools) to revert this trend. We should use the web, not be (ab)used by it.