Netiquette, Politeness, Strategy and Wisdom

10 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2007 Last revised: 6 Oct 2008

Date Written: November 1, 2007


This paper provides a pragmatic framework for the analysis of argumentation and written interaction in computer-mediated communication (e.g. in forums or blogs). Grice's maxims are supplemented with a theory of linguistic politeness derived from Leech, which is in turn subordinated to a strategic theory of interaction and finally to a theory of aims and action, as defined in ideology and philosophy. Netiquette, politeness, strategy and wisdom are therefore structurally subordinated to each other in the overall theory of human action which includes computer-mediated communication.

Keywords: Netiquette, Politeness, Strategy, Wisdom, Action, Communication, Interaction, Pragmatics, CMC, Grice, Leech, Goffman, Forums, Blogs, Conversation, Rationality, Aims

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Netiquette, Politeness, Strategy and Wisdom (November 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

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Zaragoza, 50005


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