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Creativity and the evolution of semiotic units using Internet communication
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, The Claremont Graduate University, United States

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Abstract

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.

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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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