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Deep structure: the frame

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Giorgio Buccellati – April 2021


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The concept of frame
Framing the deep structure
The frame as a whole
Within the frame
Poetry
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The concept of frame

     
     The concept of frame is substantially different from the generic complexity that is otherwsie characteric of all standard websites. In these cases, there is indeed complexity, because multiple pages and websites are invoked, and each page or website is formalized in varying but real degrees of complexity. What is generic is the nature of the link. As an example, we may think of a term that is qualified by being linked to a dictionary: there is no particular concern about semantic ranges or deeper semiotic implications (whether or not the diciotnary may provide it); there is only the concern to have a clarification of the plain an simple lexical import of the term.

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Framing the deep structure

     Digital discourse implements the interaction between the two subsystems of data and narratives. There is a deep structure that characterizes this interaction.
     In constrast, the concept of frame shows how digital discourse can concretly go beyond generic complexity, i. e., how deep structure can concretly take shape. How do multiple layers and data sets relate to each as wholes, and not just through one of the segments of whiwch they are composed?

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The frame as a whole

     Seen as a whole, the structural make-up of the frame may be represented graphically in this simplified chart:


Fig. 1

     Let us take A as the core narrative. Steps c-d are taken from narrative B, where they occur as steps a-b, which can only fully be inderstood if they are seen in the context of all the following steps of the argument in narrative B. – The same obtains for steps f-h of narrative A wihch are taken from narrative D. – In turn, step i of the core narrative A relies on data (Y) in cell 4a from the green database which make sense only if seen in the full context of row 4 and in fact of the entire categorization of this particular (green) database. Incidentally, the content (X) in cell 4b calls for step h in narrative C for an explanation. – Finally, step d of narrative A, which is in fact step b of narrative B, relies on the full row 2 of the blue database.
     This correlation is not optional, it is necessary. Steps c-d in the argument flow of A are borrowed dynamically from steps a-b in layer B, and similarly for steps f-h. In other words, the argument in layer A would be incomplete without the relevant portions of layers B and C, which, in turn, can only be understood when seen as steps a-b and c-e in their respective layers. We may refer to this as the sequential coordination of dynamic multilinearity.
     It is this complex web of relationships that elevates a digital dicourse to the level of big data status.

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Within the frame

subjective dimension
progression within linearity
difference from multi-tasking, where the tasks are not interlaced, but juxtaposed
the argument builds on stages, where one presupposes the other
it builds on presuppositions, which requires a sequential reading
a digital discourse should be approached in the same way
hyperlinks make this possible, but they should be treated gently and skillfully


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Poetry

     The ultimate achievement of poetry is that it refuses segmentation. Yes, there may be a verse that stands out and that we carry in memory as particularly evocative. But ultimately every "piece," i.e., every word or segment of a poem, whether articulated metrically (as with verses) or not, is in absolute need of all the other pieces. That is the supreme beauty of authentic poetry, the sense of explosion one receives when everything blends into an illuminating unity.
     It is useful to mention poetry in this context because of the light it sheds on the notion of segmentation in relationship to the whole.
relationship to artificial intelligence
Poetry is a whole (whether a sonnet or a large architectural complex such as Dante's Comedy) which emerges whole
triumph of the whole
relatioship to words
unified vision exported to words
cannot be rephrased, whereas an argument can


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