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Creativity and the evolution of semiotic units using Internet communication

, The Claremont Graduate University, United States

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E-mail messages collected from three Internet populations demonstrate that graphical display, exaggeration, and play are used as part of the communicants' basic creative knowledge systems. Of the 1735 e-mail messages used for this analysis, 799 (46%) were posted as a part of a conversational thread, 185 (11%) were posted in response to researcher inserted questions, and 751 (43%) were independently posted. A Thurstone-type scale (Anastasi, 1988) was used to measure three judges perceptions: satisfaction, play, and creativity. Four "Question Messages" were developed and inserted into Internet discourse as plausibility measures. A matrix was developed to structure the observation and classification of verbal and non-verbal components of e-mail messages. Nonverbal components were: Graphics (diagrams and print presentation) and Exaggeration (size and number). Verbal components were: Exaggeration (referents and comparison) and Joking (paralanguage, word play, fit, and joking over time). The most important predictors of positive judges perception were Size Attribute and Use of Signals Variables.


Albertson, M.E. Creativity and the evolution of semiotic units using Internet communication. Ph.D. thesis, The Claremont Graduate University. Retrieved October 14, 2019 from .

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