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August 1998 Archives

Email with Jiro Kokuryo on Cultural Capital »

Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 21:21:35 +0900 From: Jiro Kokuryo To: Joichi Ito Subject: Re: Cultural Captial Hi Joi, >Culture could be the most important stabilizer for the information economy. Yes!! Katarzyna Olszewska who is traveling with me gave me a hint that culture depends not only on the sender of messages but also on the framework by which the receiving end interprets it. This is parallel to the idea of "knowledge" or "meaning" dependent on the interpretive mechanism. A community that shares the experience of interpreting messages together forms a shared system of interpreting information, which is my understanding...

Protecting and Nurturing Culture - The Asset of the Information Age »

Protecting and Nurturing Culture - The Asset of the Information Age August 29, 1998 I just finished talking to my sister again. She described a new tapas restaurant that had pool tables, all of the cool new tapas dishes, an industrial look and everything just right to become really "hip" and successful. She said it had all of the right designs, but lacked the authenticity of the original and was too "franchise" looking. Franchises are taking over local areas in San Francisco and people are trying to ban franchises in certain areas. my sister calls this the commodification of culture...

Comments on The Limits of Organization by Kenneth J. Arrow »

Comments on: The Limits of Organization by Kenneth J. Arrow 1974, Fels Center of Government In the book, Arrow first shows that the price system is not sufficient in mediating competition and making all things fair. He shows that organizations such as the firm and government serve to make decisions and distribute resources in everyone's best interest. He explains why organizations are more efficient. He explains that authority is necessary for organizations to exercise power and be effective, but responsibility is also necessary to prevent or minimize error. The balance between authority and responsibility being important. He says, "There is...

It's tough being a revolutionary in a Democracy ;-) () »

An old favorite quote from Alexis de 's "Democracy in America" written in 1835. I found this in college, but now it seems more and more relevant......

The Nature of the Firm - R.H.Coase - Notes »

Coase comes up with a definition of the "firm" as an organization that defines employer and employee, master and servant which satisfies the "plain man's" definition of the firm....

Notes on The Sciences of the Artificial, Third Edition by Herbert A. Simon »

Simon has many very interesting models that he develops for thinking about and describing things. In his words, he describes interesting "states" and interesting "processes"....

Miscellaneous Thoughts on the Evolution of Markets »

I just talked to my sister Mimi. She is interested in thinking about the commodification of culture. It is kind of interesting because another way of saying what I am theorizing is the culturalification of economy, which is the same phenomenon, but from the opposite perspective as usual....
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