Shameless steal of a page from BillSeitz:ConText
(Good links there, including one on "context" as used by ChristopherAlexander
Over here, context comes up in :
Context and SmallerPieces
The process hinted in AcademiaVsNewMedia/GranularityOfScholarlyWriting might be more general. Academic documents were a heavy read because they needed to contain a lot of context because the cost of aquiring and reading them was high. This led to a certain PositiveFeedback :
the heavier the document became ->
the higher the cost of reading it ->
the more complete it needed to be (more context it needed to contain and explain) ->
the heavier it was
An environment like the web which makes aquiring documents easy, means that documents need to contain less context, they can look it up or aquire it from elsewhere.
This should hold for pretty much any large chuck of stuff, and is why better (easier / cheaper) communication networks lead to SmallerPieces
Is this worth BonusFreakyConnectionPoints?
- (WarpLink) MediaAndMaterials