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GOFFMAN BITCHES. Rhetorical Attribution and the Perversion of Meaning

Conference paper
Authors Kristina Alstam
Published in Proceedings Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication 2012, Murdoch University, Australia,
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Social Work
Language en
Keywords 'web communities' 'parents' 'rhetoric' 'meaning' 'social value'
Subject categories Media and Communications, Sociology


Abstract. This study explores a sequence of rhetorically aggressive behavior on a Swedish parental forum as a way of attributing categories of petty value upon the opponent; while at the same time perform face saving textual activities. The analysis suggests that it is not attributing a metaphor of low social value that manages to unstable the self presentation of the antagonist but rather an advanced know-how of conceptual metaphors to the extent were the aggressor is able to pervert the meaning of a word. The study suggests the need for a forum account to exhibit normative responsibility only applies for some of the nicks writing, while other and more experienced ones are able to act more freely, thereby indicating a divide of rhetorical accountability and of possible identity displays needing further examination.

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