The Pope of YouTube: Metaphor and misunderstanding in Atheist-Christian YouTube dialogue

Pihlaja, Stephen (2010). The Pope of YouTube: Metaphor and misunderstanding in Atheist-Christian YouTube dialogue. The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue(3) pp. 25–35.

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Abstract

Using a discourse dynamics analysis, this article investigates the use of metaphor in three YouTube videos made by two American YouTube users: one a fundamentalist Christian and one an atheist. The focus of the analysis is on how metaphor was produced dynamically in the interaction and what this interaction may tell us about how misunderstanding occurred between the two users. Analysis shows that understanding of specific metaphors seems to differ depending on who is producing and interpreting a given metaphor.

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