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- n. All the shared body of knowledge which is not explicitly used when people communicate, but without which communication would be impossible
Both depend on what communication theorists sometimes call "exformation," which is a certain quantity of vital information removed from but evoked by a communication in such a way as to cause a kind of explosion of associative connections within the recipient.
Here Wallace wrote on everything from "exformation" to pornography to the 2000 presidential campaign of John McCain.
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