Social and Linguistic Convergences in the Information Age

Gábor Szécsi

Abstract


This article argues that the electronically mediated communication contributes to the construction of new, mediated forms of communities that are based on the synthesis of virtual and physical communities. The appearance of these new forms of communities leads to a new conceptualization of the relation between self and community. The aim of this article, on the one hand, is to show that with the mediatization of communities, our concept of community becomes more complex. On the other hand, in this essay I consider the assumption that the medium of the mediatization and new conceptualization of community is a specific, pictorial language of electronically mediated communication.

Cet article soutient que la communication transmise électroniquement contribue à la construction de nouvelles communautés qui combinent le virtuel et le physique. Ces nouvelles communautés mènent à une conceptualisation différente du rapport entre l’individu et sa communauté. D’une part, cet article propose de montrer que la virtualisation rend plus complexe notre conception de ce qu’est une communauté. D’autre part, il examinen l’idée que cette nouvelle communauté virtuelle entraîne, pour la communication transmise électroniquement, le développement d’un langage pictural spécifique.


Keywords


Globalization; Electronic culture; Mediated communication; Networked individual; Pictorial language

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2013v38n4a2724

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