Stereotypers and Stereotypees

This is probably pushing it a bit to say that these are two different discourse communities because we are all a part of both, but I’m going to say that they are. Here’s why.

“A discourse community has a broadly agreed set of common public goals”

Both stereotypers and stereortypees share a common goal of categorizing for acceptance and understanding. Stereotypers categorize others to understand and accept groups or individuals that are different than themselves, while stereotypees categorize themselves to fit in.

“A discourse community has mechanisms of intercommunication among its members”

Both stereotypers and stereotypees use face-to-face communication and electronic.

“A discourse community uses its participatory mechanisms primarily to provide information and feedback.”

Feedback mechanisms for both communities would look pretty similar. They are most likely to use social media likes and retweets, hashtags, surveys, etc. to relay information and to get feedback from others within their discourse communities.

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“A discourse community utilizes and hence possesses one or more genres in the communicative furtherance of its aims”

Both stereotypers and stereotypees use texts, Facebook posts, memes, and may even hold meetings.

Stereotypers may post something like this,Screenshot-2014-03-11-at-12.41.21-AM

*note the use of the hash tag, and the retweets and favorites

whereas stereytypees may post something like this,


So, we see the stereotypers’ posts being more offensive, and the stereotypees’ posts being defensive.

“In addition to owning genres, a discourse community has acquired some specific lexis”

The lexis we see in the discourse communities of stereotyepers and the stereotyped tends to be pretty derogatory. Stereotypers specifically do a lot of name calling and use words in ways that they weren’t originally intended to mean. The first example that comes to mind for stereotypees would be LGBT. This would technically be a discourse community within the discourse community of stereryotypees, but Im using it as an example because not many people would know what LGBT stands for unless they were part of that community.

“A discourse community has a threshold level of members with a suitable degree of relevant content and discoursal expertise”

This is a mouth full, but basically it means that discourse communities have experts and novices. We see this in both discourse communities (stereotypers and stereotypers). Novices would be children because believe it or not, kids are exposed to stereotypes and learn at a very young age. The ones teaching them, directly or indirectly (parents/ teachers/ adults), are the experts. Whether they are teaching and learning to stereotype or just that stereotypes exist determines which discourse community they are a part of.


While discourse communities have a broadly agreed upon set of common goals, the individuals within the communities may have their own personal goals, which can differ. This is similar to the idea of a writer’s style.  There is a broadly agreed upon set of rules/ guidelines that make writing styles (narrative, biography, blog post, research paper, etc.), but each individual may have a different way of approaching one specific writing style.

Mini Reflection:

As a writer, I am growing and gaining a better understanding of what the student learning outcomes (SLO’s) really mean, and how to use them to my advantage. You really have to know and understand all of them to be able to improve your writing. I have used the SLO’s to read, understand, and respond to articles and prompts in class; and more recently, I’ve used them to understand and gain knowledge from articles and from my peer’s posts in order to move forward with my inquiry.


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