unintentional communication

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1. Meanings ‘given off’ (Goffman) by an individual’s body language through nonverbal leakage, or unconsciously signified by their appearance, dress, or behaviour, including whatever may be noticeable by its absence in a particular context (see also analogic communication). As Watzlawick observed, ‘one cannot not communicate’, regardless of whether an observer's inferences are warranted.

2. Meanings within a text discernible by an audience but of which the author was not aware: see also intentional fallacy.

3.See miscommunication.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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