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Re: WSJ article 4/24/96; hypertext and cultural differences?
- To: xanadu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: WSJ article 4/24/96; hypertext and cultural differences?
- From: ewinters@xxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 06:36:40 -0700 (PDT)
- Cc: xanadu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- In-reply-to: <199604250552.FAA03971@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Yes, Jim, I certainly do! I've been saying just that for many
years - several articles on the subject can be found on my
ewinters@xxxxxxxxxx 37.53 N 122.17 W
On Thu, 25 Apr 1996, Jim Bryce Clark wrote:
> Reading today's (4/24) Wall Street Journal article on Ted and the HyperLab
> in Sapporo, the following thoughts came to me.
> There's a lot of talk about "intranets" in American business now -- in-house
> hypertext-based information sharing systems. Yet, in many American
> organizations, individual managers hoard their own memos and stores of
> information, and compete with *each other*. (An actual quote from a manager
> I knew: "Put my form files on the company's computer network? Are you
> kidding? If someone wants to use MY stuff they'd better come to ME.") The
> whole idea of hypertext is linked information -- not much use to someone who
> wants to keep their stuff *inaccessible*.
> The Japanese companies I've known (mostly as clients) work on a different
> model. Typically, they compensate professionals for *group* performance,
> and their ability to *collaborate*. A company-wide hypertext database of
> the collective corporate wisdom might be a lot more welcome in the latter
> Do you suppose there are significant cultural differences in the
> attractiveness, and intuitive fit, of hypertext as a tool?