- (Russian) Writer-Bloggers: Digital Perfection and the Aesthetics of Imperfection
- Journal of computer-mediated communication
- Volume | Issue number
- 19 | 4
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
This article explores readings of (micro)blogging services as outlets for playful, "imperfect" language. Adopting a transcultural approach, it examines a blog category that has attracted scarce academic attention to date: the creative worker's blog. Through a qualitative analysis of metalinguistic statements by 14 Russian writer-bloggers, the author tests 2 interdependent hypotheses: (H1) through metalinguistic statements and pragmatic strategies, writers present language play and "imperfect" language as prototypical for new media; and (H2) If H1 is correct, the writer-blogger's preference for "imperfect" language caters into a broader cultural-philosophical anxiety - one of foregrounding imperfection as an aesthetic counterresponse to digital perfection.
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