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The Social Life of Digital Texts in Multimodal Research
The social life of digital texts in multimodal research
MyrrhDomingo
Introduction

All about our digitally connected world interactive texts abound that display new ways for making meaning across social contexts (Appadurai, 1996). This assertion takes into account that what counts as text includes both permanent (e.g. published books, written reports) and performative (e.g. oral storytelling, informal conversations) formats (Wade & Moje, 2001). With the rising use of digital technologies1 and the Internet, performative texts are now more commonly practiced in most urban settings. It is not uncommon to see people communicating via text messaging or even video chatting using FaceTime on their smart phones. Daily routines now often involve reading current events via digital newsprint, retrieving mail using the ...

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