Sept. 24, 2015

  • Discourse community
    • common set of goals
    • intercommunication
    • participatory mechanisms for feedback
    • genres
    • specific lexis
    • threshold level of members



Sept. 22, 2015

I was pretty confused and overwhelmed going into the second inquiry log. It seemed like a lot being thrown at me all at once. I usually have no time going off topic, but for some reason I had a hard time with number three in the prompt. Once I became focused on “this is what I need to find” and “this is what I need to get out of whatever it is that I find”, I had a hard time relating it to unrelated topics.

Throughout the process, and with this log in particular, I have been having trouble finding new information and information about my specific questions. Along the way, I changed one of my questions a bit because I decided that it was a little to specific.

From reading:

  1.  from the first section: extend ideas of others
    1. by reading, you start to form your own ideas and opinions
    2. you find things that you are able to contradict (yeah, but…)
  2. second section: writers frame
    1. writer’s frame = what they want you to see
      1. their perspective
    2. identify frame
      1. what do they emphasize?
    3. example:¬†From FORBES article “there is another problem…”
      1. economics and business

Sept. 15, 2015

  • It’s about sitting down, thinking about your life, then writing
  • we’ve been taught not to use personal experiences
    • drawing on personal experiences is more than using “I”
      • “I think” is not necessary..obviously if you said it, you think it
      • “I have experiences___” is good
    • personal experience makes writing believable
  • It’s important to recognize what bothers you, personally bc it says a lot about you
  • There is more than two opinions about subjects
    • everyone has an opinion
    • we start going back and forth and it gets confusing
      • not compartmentalizing

“Should Everyone Go To College” article (Forbes)

  • “universal goal”?
  • I wouldn’t say that college is a good investment for everybody
    • people can get jobs and make decent money straight out of high school
    • people can go to college and can’t get a job after they graduate

Sept. 10, 2015

  • We need to transition writing styles instead of bring old, pre-TV writing styles into writing today
  • We like to place blame
    • were blaming new technology and youth for ruining writing today when they were blaming TV and radio not too long ago
    • other examples of things the next generation “ruins”
      • clothing, music
    • Pinker is saying we’re not ruining the language by texting or whatever, it’s just new
  • I usually fall back on what I’ve been told to do just because I don’t feel comfortable enough in certain writing to venture out of my comfort zone
  • “sometimes doing the right thing makes us stick out”
  • Most writers said writing came to them naturally
    • Pinker thinks that it had to come to them somehow. Probably from reading.
    • Brings up another interesting point that its easy for people to say ‘I’m such a bad writer or reader’
  • Be aware of whats working and how/why it’s working or not working

Sept. 3, 2015

  • Blog: any online publication
  • powerful statement
    • “It begins online, but ends offline”
      • controversy
      • consequentalness
      • lives are ruined
  • People were on twitter and FB to get the most up-to-date info on the Pope, when they were really the first to know and the first to report it
  • For some reason we all just feel the need to know things in the media
    • We feel comfortable when we know things, and we feel like it’s not okay to not know
    • We’re all a part of the “monster”


  • 5 paragraph essay
    • thesis-were “trained” to know where we’re going with it

Sept. 1, 2015

  • Inquiry is difficult for “closed-minded” people
  • Started out in sciences and is used now throughout all subjects
  • Academic writing
    • graded
    • read/revised
    • academic purpose
  • Rhetoric-puroseful choices
  • conventions
    • twitter character count- you can get away with abbreviations and such