Semiotics is the study of meaning-making, the study of sign processes and meaningful communication.
In the nineteenth century, Charles Sanders Peirce defined what he termed semiotic as the;
“quasi-necessary, or formal doctrine of signs, which abstracts what must be the characters of all signs used by… an intelligence capable of learning by experience, and which is philosophical logic pursued in terms of signs and sign processes.”
In order to establish a basis of understanding between individuals; definitions, interpretations or commonly agreed upon standard meanings for words and other symbols, do allow for a clearer and more expedient mode of information transfer, but as a consequence of formalization, they also necessarily remove much of the personal meaning from social experience and limit creative thinking while also lessening the preeminent importance of nonverbal communication.
This trade off has led us to a more externalized focus and influenced our social interactions away from connection and towards incivility and disconnection, ultimately fostering a stricter legalistic posture, instead of an intentional empathetic one.