Influences on Contribution

The aspects of genre that will most likely influence our web text contribution would be social, ideological, rhetorical, and dynamic.  I believe this will influence how my group makes our web text because we will be working together and challenging one anthers ideas.  The social aspect would come into play where people will be asked questions and have to communicate back and fourth rather than just a straight run through, read it and think about what you saw.  Ideological and dynamic seem to fall close together because we will challenge our previous thoughts as we try to combine all of them on one source.  With this comes dynamic where the website itself will be able to adapt to reader forms of technology but the information will also flow through multiple views and thoughts of many people rather than one biased opinion.

While listening to everyone discuss each aspect that could affect our contributions I begin to notice that all of the aspects of genre truly come into play.  Taking in account that all of them matter to making this web text be the best it can be.  As a group we have to keep them all in mind and make sure not to slack off or shy away from any of these ideas.

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Reflective Writing

Looking at some significant events throughout this course

I feel like everything i learned throughout high school was not at all preparing me for the college level

with inquiry, thought based writing, and taking a middle ground

The way I felt during this was relieved I didn’t have a strict format but confused because I felt like everything we learned in high school was kind of like a waste of time.  We were taught to take a specific side and give reasons now with our inquiry post we have to stand at like a neutral point and discuss both sides.

I think I had the reactions of being frustrated and confused because I didn’t know what to do. I felt like I had to readjust and switch up everything I was taught to do.  I had to go deeper into thought and truly put some effort into my writing rather than throwing down information and being done with a paper.  Its changed how I write because it has shown me a new style and given me a different approach on how to format and write about a topic. Rather than just discussing one side we have to give actual information in depth about both sides and what we think about the topic too.

Free write time

After sitting in class and discussing the idea of reflective writing it helps present a new outlook.  It makes me think about what I have been through in this class.  Leads me to wonder what I have truly learned and how my style has changed.  I start to think of all the assignments I have had to do and it truly makes me think.  From high-school I basically learned a strict format and way to do everything to strict standards. However when we started writing on the first day in this class it was so much different.   We weren’t given a format or a structure or true topic. We just had to write based on our thoughts and that honestly made me mad.  I was frustrated, confused, and felt lost in the new style.  I didn’t know where to begin or what to say.  So it took me forever to start where as in high-school it would only take me 30 minutes to do an entire paper.

This new style changed how I viewed writing and gave me a chance to actually find interest in what I wanted to say.  I was able to build more off my own thoughts rather than just restating what other people said from research I had to do.  This changed it completely and not only gave me a higher interest in writing and an english class but it has helped me grow as a writer and presented me with ways to be a stronger writer.  Which lead to an overall gain of confidence as a writer when I received good feed back on a completely new idea i was use too.

Discourse Defeated

If someone struggles to to combine the languages and beliefs of a community then they cannot truly speak for a community.  Without the understanding of how a communities language you don’t truly know what is being discussed.  Language not being a specific language like english or spanish, rather it would be the way words are used and ideas are put into beliefs in the community.  But, if an individual doesn’t understand that aspect of the community then the beliefs will never follow to make sense in their mind.  So if this is the case you may easily speak what you think of a discourse community but not truly be apart of it.  The idea by Harris that students have trouble with the language and beliefs of a community and cannot speak authoritatively in their writing due to such troubles defeats the entire idea of having “discourse communities.” If you don’t have the true knowledge of a subject are you really able to add input to the discussion? This would be the same thing as saying you’re in a community when you don’t understand what’s going on.

Discourse and Literacy

When discussing discourse we discussed two things that really caught my interest.  Like how discourse and knowing about certain aspects of the community can help you understand what’s going on and your value in that community.  While we talked someone brought up the idea of knowing what students on campus mean when they say “I’m going to the sac”,”what’s happening at the sac”  or anything similar to this.  If you don’t go here then you probably don’t know what someone is referring to.  When the sac is brought up on campus usually people are referring to the gym or the courts.  Sac, standing for student athletic center.  If you don’t know this it becomes obvious you either are never on that part of campus or don’t go here.

Then we discussed value in the community.  Not meaning what you’re worth, rather meaning what you are capable of doing in this community.  if you don’t know much throughout a certain discourse community are you going to be able to get around or help anyone?  Generally thinking no you won’t be able to help much.  However, if are constantly in that environment and know what other people are talking about and understand the literacy of that community you can easily get around and get through a day or help someone who is new to that specific discourse community.  A primary example I can think of would be if a student joined a class late because they had to wait for someone to drop that class.  That student clearly is coming in behind everyone else.  If you have been focused and a strong participant you will know what is going on and be able to help them without any struggle.

Swales reading and discussion in our class today has connected to the past discussions about understanding of literacy in many ways.  Every discourse community is different just like literacy is different in various aspects of life such as; gaming, texting, classrooms, at work, etc.  Where you are and what type of community you are in determines the way you will talk and act.  If you are out with friends you are more likely to be laid back and less worried about being proper, where as if you’re going into a job interview or at work you are more likely to portray a professional and acceptable appearance to your coworkers and clients around you.  This being the same idea as being in different discourse communities.  Discourse communities change depending on what is going on just like how literacy will change depending on where you are or what you’re doing.

Literacy’s change by age

Literacy is constantly changing through the ages.  Literacy is more than just writing and reading in your english class.  It is now spread out through everyday activities like driving, video games, texting, even the way you get around certain places is like having a literacy for that area.  As you look at how literacy started with the great writers of the past and compare it to present day you see a dramatic change, but there is also a change from the literacy between our generation and our parents and grandparents.  As technology advanced the idea of how our language is used has changed.

The way people understand sayings has also changed.  Thinking about the way our grandparents talk no longer works in todays society because no one understands what the meaning of their phrases are.  So looking at it I feel like the age we are has influenced the way we will communicate with our peers around us.  The new forms of literacy we use came from the advancements in our society.  With the increase in technology and the constant use of technology we had to adjust.  As we adjusted we found it easier to have our form of literacy rather than try to continue what was once used.  Henceforth, why we understand what is abbreviated and shortened in text or what people are saying over the internet a lot faster than our parents or elders will.  We tend to keep up with what is going on in our communities a lot easier now to thanks to social media.  So all in all our literacy has made a more free flowing environment towards our peers and community of people our age.

There, Their, and They’re

At a young, elementary school age, we learned how to use the three different forms or there.  There would be talking about location, their is referring to possession, and they’re talking about who and what.  I can’t stand seeing people who don’t know how to use these three terms in the correct way. It is beyond simple to get the words right and put them in the right place but I feel like people are so lazy they don’t want to take the time to check if they use the right one.  Reading a paper and seeing one word used the wrong way repeatedly gets old and makes someone seem so uneducated and makes it seem like they took no time to write their own paper.  It’s ridiculous that after learning when to use each form of there people still don’t naturally use the right one when writing or talking about things.  When I see people constantly misuse these three words I truly want to send them back to the fourth grade so they can re-learn what they already should have known.  Where this makes a person seem like they lack literacy and knowledge I could be wrong on my judgement of them. This person could be literate in other ways like the ones we recently learned. Literacy applies to more than just the way you speak, write, and read.  It also can apply to your ability to fit into a situation and place.  The way you analyze the environment around you and how you make sure you know how to get through whats going on.