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THE ARTISTIC FUNCTION OF THE REAL-TIME LANGUAGE OF THE FACEBOOK REALITY DRAMA

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Author(s): K.I. Ehiemua | Dr. F.O. Ibhawaegbele

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 380;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Facebook | internet | new media | real-time | conversational language | reality drama

ABSTRACT
This paper undertakes a linguistic description of the spontaneous and on demand conversational language of the Facebook internet phenomenon in order to explicate its pedagogical and aesthetic values from the premise that art is both instructive and entertaining. The spontaneous and ‘on-demand’ conversational language of the Facebook is what this paper refers to as ‘real-time’ language. This has become a major part of the inherently essential style of the Facebook and which qualifies it as a narrative similar to reality drama, if not exactly so. This study uses the personal Facebook chats of four Nigerians to affirm that the popularity of the Facebook internet phenomenon in Nigeria is partly, but significantly, due to the artistic function of its conversational language and its dramatic potentials apart from the democratization, portability, accessibility and the interactiveness of the new media.
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