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ERIC Number: ED355571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-30
Pages: 10
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An Episode of Flaming: A Creative Narrative.
Thompsen, Philip A.
In this paper, a creative narrative is used to illustrate an episode of flaming (defined as the fervent exchange of messages personally attacking or expressing defensiveness on computer-mediated communication networks) in an electronic mail exchange among a small group of communication scholars. The narrative allows for the presentation of an argument that operates on four levels of signification. It can be read as: (1) an account of an episode of flaming, in which the focus of meaning creation is the transcription of electronic mail messages; (2) a story, with plot, scene, and characters, in which the focus of meaning creation is the narration of social action; (3) a work of interpretive research, in which the focus of meaning creation is the careful analysis and thoughtful engagement of the literature; and (4) an argument for a broader view of scholarship, in which the focus of meaning creation is the effort to position the narrative as a work of legitimate intellectual engagement. Nineteen footnotes are included. (Contains 32 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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