Origin & history
The term was introduced as a scientific term by neuroscientists Irving Biederman and Edward Vessel.
infovore (pl. infovores)
A person who indulges in and desires information gathering and interpretation.
As the information revolution drains the swamp of human iniquity we see what was always in there rotting away our good intentions, poisoning the springs of human decency. Because folk are mostly decent – the information revolution brings that out too.
As the swamp drains, the stink of it also wafts away some pretty unhealthy illusions about leadership, the elite classes, social mobility and the integrity of institutions.
In particular, many of us have become accustomed to do our own research. From checking out the reviews on the latest kids’ toy to punching holes in political speeches, to ridiculing the BBC we are becoming familiar with finding out for ourselves instead of being told.
We are becoming infovores – information hunters.
Until recently we were always somewhat isolated from sources of information. They existed, but hunting them down took far too long for any but the most committed infovore. This is no longer the case and it must surely change social and political relationships.
We are becoming more equal in the only area that really matters – our ability as knowledge hunters. We are not equal economically but we are becoming intellectually equal because knowledge is power and our leaders no longer have deference to plug the yawning gaps in their own knowledge. For example.
Global corporations need global customers.
Global bureaucracies need them too.
Global customers don’t need lying political fixers.
So which group is currently out of the loop?
It's only one perspective among many, none of which are right in themselves but some are useful some not. These days perspectives are easy to formulate, research, adjust, accept, reject, improve or shelve, much easier than they were in the relatively recent past. Much less dependent on authority too.
As for the word infovore - I came across it some years ago and looked it up as we do. Click, click and there we are. It makes a difference, probably bigger than we know.