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    Usage of Intertextuality


    I am wondering if a binary code(1,0) used in a headline with a potential meaning belongs to intertextuality?

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    If not, is it a usage of metonym or pun? But I assume that intertextuality means a text linked to another text, or media, but I am not sure when it related to a computer jargon.

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    Re: Usage of Intertextuality

    Welcome to the forum, paige meredith.

    There is no binary code there. The headline 'Humans 1, Robots 0' merely suggests that the humans have won a match by one goal.

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    Re: Usage of Intertextuality

    If you think, for instance, of a soccer (football in BrE) match, the result will read "Barcelona 1 - Chelsea 0". In this case, the competition between humans and computers is being compared to a sports event, in which humans are at the moment leading by (as 5jj said) one goal. Maybe further comparisons will even the score (or not).
    Last edited by charliedeut; 17-Oct-2013 at 11:07. Reason: Too many brackets (parentheses).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Usage of Intertextuality

    Besides, intertextuality doesn't include a language's set of idioms. It is meant to refer to literary texts which evoke other, specific literary texts. For example, Hemingway's Spanish Civil War novelization (his best work in my view) is entitled For Whom the Bell Tolls. He and many other intellectuals went to Spain to fight against fascism, not because they were Spaniards, but because they were men. This title is in fact a reference to John Donne's poem about the way in which all humans are interconnected and in a sense, one (the image being funeral bells audible from a city church):

    'No Man is an Island'

    No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man
    is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
    if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe
    is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as
    well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine
    owne were; any mans death diminishes me,
    because I am involved in Mankinde;
    And therefore never send to know for whom
    the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

    Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
    John Donne

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