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We are overwhelmed, not only by the proliferation of paths which hypertext provides, but by an explosion of data. Data has gotten beyond human ability to process it unaided. The amount and kind of data is now so vast that negotiations need to be made with computers to read it, for they alone can handle the load. NASA collects a trillion bytes of data a day, just from satellites. The self-documenting form our lives take, as we conduct them electronically, every keystroke captured, also leaves data shadows in our wake. Does such data represent our capture by alien, i. e., humanly unreadable, information, or can it be understood as a solicitation of "attention," in Simone Weil's sense?