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Dialogue on the Internet: Language, Civic Identity, and Computer-Mediated Communication.




Dialogue on the Internet; language, civic identity, and computer-mediated communication.

Holt, Richard. (Civic discourse for the third millennium)

Praeger, [c]2004

256 p.


Holt (communication, Northern Illinois U.) analyzes civic discourse on the Internet from the perspective of "dialogism," which sees meaning as established by the struggle of representations conducted between that write, read, and represent written messages. He explains the development of "dialogism" from the standpoints of five intellectual traditions (Vico, pragmatism, phenomenology, Vygotsky, and Bakhtin) and contrasts it whit "monological" perspectives. He then uses both perspectives to conduct alternative readings of e-mail discussion threads dealing with the spy case of Los Alamos engineer Wen Ho Lee and the radio personality Laura Schlessinger, as well as Web pages of US presidential candidates and a social activist exposing and combatting anti-Semitism. In the end, he argues, his readings point the way towards emancipating discourse analysis from an overreliance on regularities of structural functional explanations or the idiosyncracies of critical-cultural explanations.
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Date:Aug 1, 2005
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