it is a fallacy to think that if the quantity of information increases, the quality of information increases as well. This is pretty obviously false, and, in fact, the reverse might be true.
From an aid worker’s perspective, our bandwidth is extremely limited, both literally and metaphorically. Those working in emergency response – official or unofficial, paid or unpaid, community-based or institution-based, governmental or non-governmental – don’t need more information, they need better information.
The methods employed when a person seeks information and incorporates it into her existing knowledge base often determine how well she will grow in her understanding of a specific information need, or more broadly, in life itself. Put another way, the self-defined process of seeking meaning is the very basis of the human condition, and one that is a central fixture in The Big Lebowski. As Ethan Coen related, watching a seemingly inept person struggle with a complex situation was ‚the conceit‛ of the film (‚Making‛ 1:47). This paper analyzes the information seeking behaviors of Donny Kerabatsos, Walter Sobchak, The Dude, and Maude Lebowski through the lenses of a variety of information seeking theories and models. This analysis of The Big Lebowski illustrates the concept of sense-making as a richer, more contextualized process than simply collecting facts.