Control of information pollution: The President's Page, Guest Editorial



Pollution is the paramount problem of mankind, and its alleviation and eventual elimination require drastic shifts in procedure and, more importantly, in basic outlook. Pollution of the environment—air, water, land—was the first to be recognized, and modest progress has been made against these forms. Pollution of population has been recognized for the last few decades, and thus far only very halting steps have been taken toward its prevention. Pollution of information, perhaps the most insiduous of all, has been decried almost as long, but its basic similarity to other pollutions has not been recognized; therefore no concerted or constructive preventive procedures have been proposed.