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Creation Nets and the Future of Social Networks

Since the beginning of the new year, there has been much talk of Facebook’s Graph Search and the company’s attempt to quantify the information goldmine that makes up a social network. Analyzing how individuals negotiate their online networks is a … Continue reading

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History Does Re-actualize Itself: Intertextuality and Social Change

“There can be no statement that does not reactualize others.”  Norman Fairclough (1992), a linguistic, quotes Foucault in his book Discourse and Social Change.  In other words, nothing we say is completely new.  When we communicate, we are constantly recycling … Continue reading

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When can a token not be a token?: Indirectly legitimizing status discrimination through language

In his book “Discourse and Social Change” (1992) Norman Fairclough writes, “Discourse practices contribute to reproducing society as it is—explaining what is going on as well as transforming it.” He repeatedly emphasizes that as a foundational thought in sociolinguistics,  language, … Continue reading

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