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Blogtalk Downunder » 2005 » June

Blogtalk Downunder
   May 19-22, Sydney


Implications of culture

Filed under: General — Ash @ 9:00 pm

I was fascinated by Thomas Burg’s talk (and the fortuitously timed comments that matched the projectors tantrums).

Something I thought was pertinent but not mentioned was the cultural dimension. Assuming that this project was launched in Germany, a supposedly monochronic society of low context, that excels in linear, heirarchical and compartmentalised work practices - perhaps the technology wasn’t the main flaw? What if the culture just didn’t suit the concept?

As part of his theories on monochronic and low context peoples, Edward T. Hall purported that German society encourages workers to do their work and in general, “keep their head down”. They apparently favour adhering to time, and budgets over deep relationships to achieve goals in work. On the other hand, high context, polychronic societies such as the French, or certain Asian and Mediterranean areas, lean more toward relationships. The more people you know - and know well - the more you can achieve. Why wait in a line when you can call a friend?

Perhaps these polychronic societies would be a better test bed for technologyLog?

Chris Chesher’s slides for Blogs and the Return of the Author

Filed under: General — chris.chesher @ 9:00 pm

I’ve uploaded my slides as a PDF file.

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