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Situational Transformations: the offensive-izing of an email message and the public-ization of offensiveness

O'Driscoll, Jim (2013) Situational Transformations: the offensive-izing of an email message and the public-ization of offensiveness. Pragmatics and Society, 4 (3). pp. 369-387. ISSN 1878-9714

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Abstract

This paper raises concerns about the tenor of 21st century interaction by identifying a tendency whereby relatively innocuous, canonically private communication is transformed into public communication deemed offensive enough to attract institutional or legal sanction. To understand examples of this tendency, it applies Goffman’s architecture of interaction to email communication and proposes the notion of situational transformation to encapsulate reframing processes involving footing, face and participation framework. Through these processes (to which, it is shown, the email medium is especially vulnerable) and a discourse of civility, the private becomes public and opposition becomes offence.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 13:40
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2015 22:19
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/16559

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