Impoliteness strategies in online discussions on cheating in a virtual reality game / Fong Chia Wen

Fong , Chia Wen (2020) Impoliteness strategies in online discussions on cheating in a virtual reality game / Fong Chia Wen. Masters thesis, Universiti Malaya.

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      This research study identifies the impoliteness strategies found in the forum’s post comments discussing accounts of grief play activities mainly spoofing in a social game, Pokemon Go, and discusses how impoliteness is accommodated in the interactions among forum members in the conveyance of their perceptions towards cheating in social gaming. Data is collected from five complaint posts in a subforum, r/pokemongo, that discusses topics and contents related to Pokemon Go which is part of a megaforum, Reddit. Culpeper’s (2011) Impoliteness Framework and the constructs of Communication Accommodation Theory (CAT) are used to analyse the data collected. The findings show that impoliteness occurrences found in online forums contains both the classic form of impoliteness formulae as well as adapted versions of classic impoliteness strategies to compensate the absence of impoliteness cues found through speech and face-to-face encounters. Based on CAT, impoliteness used by forum members in their interactions is shown to be non-accommodative towards the forum’s etiquette through the exhibition of maintenance, overaccommodation and divergence communication behaviours. Instead, impoliteness occurrences found in the interactions are accommodative towards the topic that has the tendency to spark impoliteness. Thus, it is shown that individuals will find ways to be impolite despite various sanctions to prevent conflict and hostility in virtual communities. In this case where voicing of violations against principles of justice in social gaming is prevalent based on the discussion topic, impoliteness is contextually justified.

      Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
      Additional Information: Dissertation (M.A.) – Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya, 2020.
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Impoliteness; Interaction accommodation; Gaming forum; Spoofing; Pokemon Go
      Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
      Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
      Depositing User: Mr Mohd Safri Tahir
      Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2021 04:26
      Last Modified: 06 Dec 2021 04:26

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