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martes, febrero 01, 2005

Social Presence... on-line 

I've been struggling with not only figuring out my own sense of self, but how presence is witnessed on-line.


Those in close communication with me... as in interaction, and conversation with me know about my skeptism about an on-line environment being able to fully reproduce the wealth of experience found in a culture. Rapidly we go to asseverate that these means allow for a plethora of global interchange.... the question remains, to what extent is the interchange culture.

The central role of language in social presence is unquestionable... and in on-line environments it requires literacy, as in competence with text and oral speech.

When Halliday says:
...language is a form of interaction, and it is learnt through interaction; this, essentially, is what makes it possible for a culture to be transmitted from one generation to the next.

the instrumental function of language is acknowledged but as a transmission tool, it is not culture.

Hence, in online environments,language could serve for the production of culture, but it is not a culture. Paradoxically, on line, culture would need to be represented as language.

Halliday, M.A. (1978) Language as social semiotic. University Park Press: USA.

(where is that dictionary?)

pleth·o·ra

Function: noun
Etymology: Medieval Latin, from Greek plEthOra, literally, fullness, from plEthein to be full -- more at FULL
1 : a bodily condition characterized by an excess of blood and marked by turgescence and a florid complexion
2 : EXCESS, SUPERFLUITY; also : PROFUSION, ABUNDANCE
- ple·tho·ric /adjective


par·a·dox

Function: noun
Etymology: Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter of paradoxos contrary to expectation, from para- + dokein to think, seem -- more at DECENT
1 : a tenet contrary to received opinion
2 a : a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true b : a self-contradictory statement that at first seems true c : an argument that apparently derives self-contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises
3 : one that possesses seemingly contradictory qualities or phases

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