More Hedgehoggery

Thanks to the swift action of the Hedgehog editors, a short essay of mine, “Just Staying in Touch?,” was added at the last minute to the current (Spring 2018) issue because it fit with the theme of the central section of the issue, “The Human and the Digital.” The piece reflects on the fate of “phatic communication” in discussions of our digital times. I trace the notion of phatic speech from its origins in the work of the anthropologist BronisÅ‚aw Malinowski to its adoption by the linguist Roman Jakobson to…