I have been writing for months that both Brexit and the deep divide in America reflect the end of one “status quo.” I believe that the emergence of a critical mass of citizens unwilling or unable to inquire, question their beliefs, learn, and adapt, has resulted in these folks adopting a new narrative. A narrative […]
(from 1994) Infobahn as Theater While it may be true that all the hype and hand-wringing over “convergence” may be part of an enormous group ego trip on the part of technology developers, the invocation of “the needs of the nation’s poor” does point to a major blind-spot in the analysis. While it may be […]
A deep and elemental study of what it is to have agency and to exchange.
The concepts that govern our thinking and language about work are not just semantic entities, but influence what we perceive and what we think is possible or not possible. Usually we are not aware of how these concepts prime our thinking. We simply think and act along certain lines.
A seminal concept related to how we perceive work is division of labor, the notion of work as activities separated from other activities, as jobs. Organizational design has been seen as the planning and execution of a collection of activities forming the organizational system.
The industrial management paradigm is based on the presupposition that activities are the independent, governing factors of creating value and the scheme of interaction conforms to the planned division of labor as a secondary feature. The organizational structure comes first. Then an appropriate system of co-ordination and communication is put into effect. If the scheme of activities…
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Paul Graham provides a perfect summary of Chez Episteme.
A Sketch of the Difference between Two Ontological Styles What it is for a thing to have a property? Ostrich nominalism aside, it is a Moorean fact that things have properties, but the nature of the having is a philosophical…
Study everything, join nothing.
Pierre Levy. The Master.
Semantic to the core — love the boldness.
We live in a world of digital leakage. Digital technology is like hydrochloric acid. It does not recognize borders.It burns through everything. Geographies, business models, industry definitions. I…
Entropy sets in, man.
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