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Title: Metàfores d'internet
Other Titles: Metáforas de internet
Internet metaphors
Author: Núñez Mosteo, Francesc  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Keywords: GIRCOM
internet
UOC
metaphor
virtual forum
Issue Date: May-2004
Publisher: Digithum: a relational perspective on culture and society
Citation: Núñez, F. (2004). Metàfores d'Internet. Digithum: a relational perspective on culture and society, (6), 1-11. doi: 10.7238/d.v0i6.544
Also see: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i6.544
Abstract: This article analyses the role of metaphors in an electronic communication arena based on the data collected in wide-ranging research, carried out by the GIRCOM research group, into sociability in a Universitat Oberta de Catalunya virtual forum. Initially, the analysis observed how metaphors for the "new" media were used as a resource by participants in the forum to structure an emergent experience and field of meaning. Indeed, the use of these metaphors in certain messages on the forum, and their use by participants interviewed, allowed for the confirmation of an old hypothesis: metaphors served (the students) to be able to understand one thing in terms of another. Subsequently, the analysis, (taking into account that in the same way that a metaphor was able to aid understanding of a new concept in terms of another, it was also able to hide or ignore other possible conceptions), led us to suspect that the different metaphors chosen by the participants responded to the various interests in the social space generated in the virtual forum. The hypothesis proposed would require further research for its verification, but we believe the "elective affinity" between social position and the field of semantics configured by the metaphors that the social agents that occupy these positions use to talk about the emergent social space to be significant.
Language: Catalan
Spanish
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/104767
ISSN: 1575-2275MIAR
Appears in Collections:2004, no 6

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