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> It's unbelievably unfocused, it does pretty much every kind of business you can do on the Internet.

This is standard in China, as well as other Asian nations, which have high-context cultures[0]. People in high-context cultures value familiarity more than people in low-context cultures. What we see as a lack of focus is seen by Chinese consumers as part of Alibaba's value proposition.

0: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-_and_low-context_cultures




This kind of Orientalist armchair psychology is standard in high-bullshit cultures like ours[1].

The reasons for Alibaba's success might have more to do with the unique political and economic conditions that obtain in China than any special feature of the Chinese consumer mind that makes them favor lack of focus.


> This kind of Orientalist armchair psychology is standard in high-bullshit cultures like ours[1].

Do you actually know anything about psychology, or are you just talking out of your ass? Because the idea of high and low context cultures is not a recent or controversial one, and high context cultures are not all "Oriental." In fact, they can be found in southern Europe (not to mention other non-Asian parts of the world) as well.

> The reasons for Alibaba's success might have more to do with the unique political and economic conditions that obtain in China than any special feature of the Chinese consumer mind that makes them favor lack of focus.

1. Similar conglomerates exist in most other Asian nations as well, so it can't be explained away by China's politics or economics.

2. So basically you have no idea of your own as to why Alibaba is successful, other than for the vague claim of "unique political and economic conditions." If anyone is contributing to the high level of bullshit in our culture, it would definitely be you.


> Do you actually know anything about psychology, or are you just talking out of your ass?

Personal attacks are not allowed on Hacker News.


I never attacked the commenter, I only criticized his comment.


Perhaps it would be helpful to explain the standard we apply. The comment was aggressive ("actually know anything", "out of your ass") and personal ("you", as opposed to "this" or "it"). That combination is particularly to be avoided.


There is no such thing as high and low context cultures. ALL culture is high context.


See my response to the other child comment.




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