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Thursday, August 16, 2007

activity triforce

for those of you who may be familiar with activity theory, the following might look familiar.

this is the usual depiction of Engeström's version of the activity theory model: one large triangle decomposed and subdivided into what appear to be other, smaller triangles. however, I just saw another, somewhat different depiction.

hm, interesting. for the moment, nevermind the slight differences in the naming of the nodes. instead, I would like to draw your attention to the similarity between this and another symbol, one I recall quite fondly from my childhood.

that's right, the Triforce from Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series. Engeström's analytic approach to human activity is really the modern day incarnate of the ultimate golden power from ancient Hyrule.

...ok, I'm done geeking out now, time to get back to work...

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  • Well actually it's probably based off the Christian/Hebrew Three Point Star. Seeing as the Trinity Goddess figure in LoZ is based after the Christian belief.

    Holy Spirit



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, July 24, 2008 1:22:00 PM  

  • hm, interesting. let's see if I get this right, then. tools/artifacts corresponds to power (the top triangle), rules corresponds to wisdom (the left triangle), and division of labor corresponds to courage (the right triangle). not sure how much sense that makes...

    however, let's go with your suggestion and connect it to Christian theology. I'm guessing that God is power, Jesus is courage, and the Holy Spirit is wisdom. then, by transitivity, we have tools <--> God, rules <--> Holy Spirity, and division of labor <--> Jesus.

    or then there's the mind/body/soul connection you suggest, which I believe would imply tools <--> mind, rules <--> soul, division of labor <--> body.

    looking at these correspondences, it becomes pretty hard for me to accept that Engeström and Miyamoto were drawing on similar schools of thinking, but it's still a somewhat amusing comparison.

    By Blogger Jystar, at Thursday, July 24, 2008 1:47:00 PM  

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