On the social construction of information (architecture)

v2 on the social construct of information and how it relates to IA work -- specifically drawing from specific examples of IA work in Japan. As information architecture becomes a more global discipline, it has to account for deep differences in the way information is handled across cultures. Very simply, and not necessarily obviously, different cultures think in widely divergent ways about what constitutes a fact, and what can be done with one. That old thing about meaning being socially constructed comes swinging into play with all the force of a sumo ejecting another from the ring. This directly affects the structure of a given website, sure, but even more importantly it affects the process of site development. thanks EH and infodesign