What is context?

  • (noun): The set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event.
    Example: "The historical context"
    Synonyms: circumstance
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on context, contexts:

Context - Computing
... Context (computing), the virtual environment required to suspend a running software program Context awareness, a complementary to location awareness Context menu, a menu in a graphical user ...
Relevance Theory Contrasted With The Conduit Metaphor
... Context almost always plays a part in communication as do other factors such as the author's intentions, the relationship between the sender and ... only conveying as much information as is needed in any given context, so that the audience can recover their intended meaning from what was said/written as well as from the context and ... In this conceptual model, the author takes into account the context of the communication and the mutual cognitive environment between the author and the audience ...
Jazzstep - Musical Features - Context
... There are however many albums specifically designed for personal listening ... The mix CD is a particularly popular form of release, with a big name DJ/producer mixing live, or on a computer, a variety of tracks for personal listening ...
Situated Cognition
... is situated in activity bound to social, cultural and physical contexts ... In essence, cognition cannot be separated from the context ... Instead knowing exists, in situ, inseparable from context, activity, people, culture, and language ...

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Famous quotes containing the word context:

    Among the most valuable but least appreciated experiences parenthood can provide are the opportunities it offers for exploring, reliving, and resolving one’s own childhood problems in the context of one’s relation to one’s child.
    Bruno Bettelheim (20th century)

    Parents are led to believe that they must be consistent, that is, always respond to the same issue the same way. Consistency is good up to a point but your child also needs to understand context and subtlety . . . much of adult life is governed by context: what is appropriate in one setting is not appropriate in another; the way something is said may be more important than what is said. . . .
    Stanley I. Greenspan (20th century)

    The hard truth is that what may be acceptable in elite culture may not be acceptable in mass culture, that tastes which pose only innocent ethical issues as the property of a minority become corrupting when they become more established. Taste is context, and the context has changed.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933)