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Following Searle on TwitterHow Words Create Digital Institutions$
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Adam Hodgkin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226438214

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226438351.001.0001

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What Twitter Really Is

What Twitter Really Is

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(p.20) 2 What Twitter Really Is
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Following Searle on Twitter
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Adam Hodgkin

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226438351.003.0002

Using Searle’s notion of Status Function Declarations to explain how we do things with words, and use them to make institutions, the chapter sets out the precise way in which we need to perform some specific acts to join Twitter. The decisive act of joining Twitter is achieved by pressing a button, but there are also four necessary contributing speech acts required. When we join Twitter we are required to give Twitter a full name, an email address, a password and a user name. These component acts are all shown to be Status Function Declarations that cause deontic effects through Twitter’s acceptance of the act of joining Twitter. Joining Twitter is a clear example of the institution-building acts that Searle has identified.

Keywords:   status function declarations, context, acceptance, joining, full name, username, password, deontic

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