Adaptability and affordances in new media: Literate technologies, communicative techniques

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Martin Gill
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Journal of Pragmatics
Journal acronym: JoP
Volume number: 116
Start page: 104
End page: 108
eISSN: 1879-1387


This special issue arises from the panel organized by Tuija Virtanen at
the 2015 International Pragmatics Association conference in Antwerp, for
which I was invited to act as discussant. The aim of this paper is to
draw together some of the dominant themes that emerge from the varied
contributions collected here, and to offer a number of reflections on
them. In particular, it focuses critically on the notions of
adaptability and affordances, and the relations between them in the
context of new media. It also highlights the need to understand these
phenomena as developments in a longer tradition of literate practice and
communicative interaction with changing mediational means. The
conclusion considers the implications of an increased emphasis on the
related concepts of practice and technique, to which human agency is
central, and which, it argues, would help to provide a clearer link
between the kinds of adaptability discussed in the individual papers and
broader historical and theoretical perspectives.


adaptability, affordance, literacy, practice, technology

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