A Dedication to the Banal: E-relevant Web Text Sites and their Role in User-generated Culture

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Title: A Dedication to the Banal: E-relevant Web Text Sites and their Role in User-generated Culture
Authors: Dybka, Carly
Date: 2013
Abstract: E-relevant web text sites (EWT sites) are a relatively new phenomenon featuring banal yet remarkable user-generated texts on dedicated websites. This thesis analyses the sociosemiotic dimension of EWT sites in enabling neo-phatic communication: communication based on the relatable nature of EWT content and user-friendly medium, affording communicative acts without the requirement for in-depth discussion. Rather than fostering serious exchange, neo-phatic communication aims to establish a form of contact less brief than a greeting but akin to its purport, developing from banal but shared experiences. Analysis of the signification process involved in EWT sites, through a sociosemiotic framework based on Peirce’s second trichotomy of signs (icon, index, symbol) and the frame analysis of Goffman, shows that the sites’ semiotic structure belongs to a neo-phatic kind of communication unique to computer-mediated communication. This study illustrates how content with minimal substance might be under-valued as a means of understanding modern communication behaviour.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/24205
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-3021
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