paratexts on the internet tho

like what about sites where your content is in the main role but there are some elements that refer to the site itself and not your content, like forced-on paratexts? They’re sort of ignored but sort of there? And what about websites like livejournal where you can choose how your text appears BUT other people normally read it on their ‘friends’ pages where THEY decide the appearance and may even make some of your paratexts invisible, or change the formatting? (also all kinds of context) (also changing your own layout, and userpics, I’m always really bothered by the fact that if I upload a new userpic and have to delete one of the older ones, the context of some entries will inevitably shift. (not all paratexts are textual.)) And of course tags because they have such a wide variety of uses, like how on tumblr people basically write their life stories there? And because they can only be so long people have to think about their units of thought? (And also on tumblr you can’t go back to change just part of a tag, and you can’t change the order of the tags, etc., which affects the writing too.) (And I think putting most of the verbal content in the tags and not the post is a sort of whispering. A bit like parentheses. Or remember that thing we used to do where we striked through our “Freudian slips” which weren’t slips at all.) And on the other hand what about those attention-seeking craploads of tags that people post on e.g. Instagram regardless of the content of the photo? Aaaaaand now that I’m on a roll what about non-permanent paratexts in contexts where the definition of “a text” is not quite so clear, like that message line thing (or even the space originally reserved for name/nickname) on MSN Messenger, or the topic of a channel on IRC?


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Why am I in linguistics and can’t think of a topic for my bachelor thesis..? :|

Haha, want some of my linguistic nano-crushes? (they’re mostly about the Internet or literature. Or the Finnish language.)

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Giotto, Vault of Scrovegni Chapel, Padua (Fresco, 1305) detail

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#black and white #back #owls #birds #girl
What I feel for you—it beats words. It beats worlds. I promise.
Katherine Mansfield, from The Collected Letters of Kathering Mansfield: Volume Four: 1920-1921 (Oxford University Press, 1996)

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#quote #katherine mansfield #letters #love #or whatever


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#black and white #mirror #reflection #city

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paratexts on the internet tho


But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

1,2,3,4, I won’t take no anymore. 5,6,7,8 - I want you to be my mate. 1,2,3,4 - you’re the one that I adore. 5,6,7,8 - don’t run from me cause this is fate.

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#but i'm a cheerleader #ilu #pink #movies #gif



Girl, an ongoing series 
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I’m a guy and I’m reblogging this because I am sorry. 

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#flowers #roses #skin