Maria Bustillos has a piece published as In Praise of High-Speed Overload over at The Awl.
It bears some thinking about. I am not sure that I agree 110% but it does beat the standard sort of whining that the Web(s) have destroyed all knowledge. I think the implication of knowledge as the antidote to loneliness has some virtue.
This article is the semantic equivalent of launching oneself in the cannonball style to land with a magnificent kerplash in the informational ball pit and allowing oneself to frolick about in sheer and utter abandon.