posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 12:02 AM
There's a field of study called semiotics that you might find useful. I've been turned on to it recently, and have a thought or two about it.
Even when people are talking to one another in unambiguous language, with no attempt to encode any secret messages, something mysterious is still
taking place between them. Language uses "signs", or labels whose meanings we take for granted as commonly understood. However, this isn't always
There is a magic zone between the sign and the meaning taken by the listener/reader, wherein the listener/reader confers his or her own understanding
of the sign to the sign given. For example, have you ever tried to crack a joke on a message board during a tense moment, only to have some reader
interpret your joke as hostile or insulting? Then perhaps you took another look at your own post and realized that it might be possible to understand
why someone might have taken the "wrong" meaning.
The listener/reader then, in effect, recreates meaning from the sign based on what he or she is ready or willing to read in it. This means that no
secret code is required. Between two people who already understand one another to a sufficient degree, as well as their common agenda or positions,
even something as benign as a recipe for homemade Caesar Salad can contain useful and hidden information. The signal to noise ratio isn't as clean as
common language, but then again, that is the point.