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This article advances the notion of metaventriloquism by bringing together the concepts of metacommunication and ventriloquism (Cooren 2010). Metaventriloquism is when one makes claims regarding who or what another is speaking behalf of. To explore the implications of metaventriloquism, a public hearing related to a community water controversy is analyzed. The analysis illustrates how metaventriloquism may be used as a form of critique and operates retrospectively in claiming what motivated another, and prospectively in claiming what another should do. The implications of metaventriloquism for the construction of technological risks are also explored.


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