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ReputationA Network Interpretation$
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Kenneth H. Craik

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195330922

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195330922.001.0001

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Social Communication About Specific Persons

Social Communication About Specific Persons

Information Flow

(p.23) 2 Social Communication About Specific Persons

Kenneth H. Craik

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the ongoing social communication process through which news, observations, and impressions about an individual circulate along that person’s reputational network via chat, gossip sessions, occasions of qualified privilege, and more formal means. In the network interpretation of reputation, the daily ebb and flow of information through the media of various forms of communication and discourse will be deemed the “discursive reputation,” referring to what is said about the person. Reputational networks are activated by social communication. In everyday life, we are surrounded by and awash in chat and gossip, and much of it is about specific persons. Much of what we know about most individuals we claim to know is indirect in this sense, derived from everyday, informal surveillance.

Keywords:   information flow, chat, gossip sessions, qualified privilege, informal surveillance

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