Learning about information management is partly about observing how people react to information events, individually and collectively. One social exercise coming to roost this week is the first widespread test of a government disaster program called the Emergency Alert System, designed to let the president interrupt TV and radio programming quickly in the event of a national emergency.   

Technology aside, I've come to think some social behavior is engrained genetically, tends to repeat itself, and EAS really set off my memory alarm to a few weeks ago when I was flat on the sofa working through a bout of the flu. In that condition, I was not annoyed to cross my umpteenth rerun of "Independence Day," the blockbuster action movie released in 1996.

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