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Identity and impoliteness in computer-mediated reader responses

  • Shiv R. Upadhyay
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This paper investigates the connection between linguistic impoliteness and identity in computer-mediated communication through the examination of reader responses to ideas and views expressed by professional journalists in the online media. The study finds that respondents may use linguistic impoliteness strategically to communicate disagreements, to argue against an out-group's ideological views, or to discredit ideological opponents. The analysis of reader responses within a social psychological theory of identity indicates that the use of impoliteness is linked to the respondent's identification of him/herself with a group and its ideological position and his/her willingness to act toward the achievement of a goal desired within that group.

Published Online: 2010-03-15
Published in Print: 2010-March

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