Sunday, 11 April 2010

Edward T. Hall on "information overload"

"Any mother who is trying to cope with the demands of small children, run a house, enjoy her husband, and carry on even a modest social life knows that there are times when everything happens at once and the world seems to be closing in on her. She is experiencing the same information overload that afflicts business-managers, administrators, physicians, attorneys, and air controllers."

Edward T. Hall, Beyond Culture, p. 74
(Chapter 6. Context and Meaning)

Gender roles are what disturb me here. The text seems to suggest that a mother and a business-manager cannot essentially be the same person.

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