THERE IS NO WAY I can listen (or read or view) all the high-quality flow of information in my life. But I don't turn off the flow.
I enjoy listening to real voices across the internet, using clever applications like Audioboo and PocketCasts. I try to keep more than 48 hours of audio commentary cached on my iTouch because that amount of content will get me over and back to the west coast of the USA from Ireland without downloading more MP3s. And I know I normally don't listen to most of the content I download to my pocket. I also don't read most of the 1212 newsfeeds in my aggregator. I don't read most of my e-mail (because I'm oversubscribed to professional mailing lists). I never check my voice mail. I don't feel obliged to answer ever doorbell. I don't pick up every phone call.
I make these decisions because I do not want to be enslaved by technology or by routines suggested by others. I learned back in the 80s that email is a trojan horse that can subvert your priorities. Same for a lot of my voice mail.
I heard some interesting advice from RaqiG about listening and have put her soft-spoken guidance below into my "essential listening list".
Bernie Goldbach enjoys getting things done via asynchronous exchanges from clever people.