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- n. Communication that indicates how verbal information should be interpreted; stimuli surrounding the verbal communication that also have meaning, which may or may not be congruent with that of or support the verbal talk. It may support or contradict verbal communication; Communication which is implicit and not expressed in words.
This is a very high-level, metacommunication format.
Approaching play as "a sophisticated form of metacommunication," a "non-instrumental activity framed to evoke ambiguity," Divinity School PhD candidate Jeffrey Israel finds wide-ranging ramifications for society.
For example, when the president of an organization champions an interactive technology and is the first to adopt and utilize the new medium to send messages to other individuals in the organization, an obvious metacommunication message is implied: Other individuals should adopt the new technology to respond to the president’s electronic messages.