[unrev-II] Rythms, Boundaries, and Containers

From: Jack Park (jackpark@thinkalong.com)
Date: Tue Aug 28 2001 - 20:46:24 PDT

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    Here is a particularly interesting quote from a wide ranging paper:
    "Automated attempts to "pin people down" and thereby enhance accountability
    may not bring about better communication or enhanced productivity. It is
    very likely such attempts, if they are accepted by users, will change the
    "rules of the game," and certain types of critical conversations will move
    to contexts in which the tool will not be used, thereby altering the nature
    of the communication which does take place through the new technology.
    (Reder & Schwab, 1988, p. 367)"

    The paper is
    Rhythms, Boundaries, and Containers:
    Creative Dynamics of Asynchronous Group Life
    Peter and Trudy Johnson-Lenz
    Awakening Technology Research Report #4
    April 1990

    And is available by way of navigation from the URL above, jumping to the
    "about us" section clicking on "Awakening Technology" and then clicking on
    a link that reads "publication of a new theory of groupware embodying
    living systems principles"

    I'm not reproducing the actual URL here because it's huge.

    While you're there at the home page, jump to their latest "inquiry" system
    and roam about. It's a valuable experience in groupware knowledge formation.

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