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Following Searle on Twitter: How Words Create Digital Institutions

Adam Hodgkin


Twitter is used as an example of a distinctively digital institution. Twitter’s constitution and development is a test case for Searle’s theory of Status Function Declarations. The analysis distinguishes between acts of the individual members of Twitter, joining, following and tweeting; and the acts, or Status Function Declarations of the Twitter system as a whole, manifested in the way that the software system can change, and the way in which Twitter can interact with other institutions through its Application Programming Interface. It is argued that Twitter is an exemplar or paradigm and not ... More

Keywords: Twitter, language, digital institution, following, content, status function declaration, collective intentionality

Bibliographic Information

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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Adam Hodgkin, author
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