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The social life of digital texts in multimodal research

Domingo, Myrrh (2012) The social life of digital texts in multimodal research. In: The Sage handbook of digital dissertations and theses. SAGE, London, pp. 223-241. ISBN 9780857027399

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All about our digitally connected world interactive texts abound that display new ways for making meaning across social contexts. These texts communicate in new ways that no longer privilege written language as the primary conveyor of meaning. This to say that multimodality combined with new media technologies extends grammars to also include noisy and moving features. To attend to the shift in textual production from page-bound inscriptions to interactive designs, this chapter explores the ways in which the social life of digital texts transcend place-based settings to also include migratory spaces. As such, this chapter is also concerned with understanding reading and writing practices as it pertains to multimodal research. It explores issues surrounding dissertation and thesis design informed by sociocultural perspectives that articulate meanings beyond written language. To this end, I argue that fossilizing interactive texts has ethical implications for conducting empirical research that lends social and cultural insights.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 03:31
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:52
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