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The Death of Documents and the End of Doneness

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 23 February 2003



The Death of Documents and the End of Doneness
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Posted DateSunday 23 February 2003 10:54 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.hyperorg.com/backissues/joho-march19-98.html#deat ... 
PeopleDavid Weinberger
CountryUnited States

I just stumbled across this article by David Weinberger from 1998 on "The Death of Documents and the End of Doneness". This is how the article ends:
The cards are stacked against documents. We are seeing a massive cultural shift away from the concept of done-ness. The Web allows for constant process and enables open-ended groups of people to be invited into the process. Things on the Web are never done, and the damn "under construction" sign is implicit at every site. Why should anything be declared "done" when that means taking responsibility and arbitrarily picking a place to freeze a process in a context that is always always always changing?

Documents are things that are done. That is why the Web will kill them.

Its a great article and a penetrating insight into how the web is changing and will continue to change business life!

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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