Advice on Method

!!!Problems & Challenges:
*Hard to not get ahead of yourself - keep the parts straight - hard to stay in just one
*Highlighting sections to keep it straight
*Wanted to stick all the parts together - hard to break it down
*Holding back, spending too much time describing
*Analysis runs into description and interpretation - "analysis has a foot in both"
*Our mind wants to pull them all together
*'Difficulty of stepping outside the rhetorical interaction'
*What kind of writing is this?
You are being asked to show your work (think math)
Language should be "Bum-clenchingly clear" and focussed on the subject at hand
Asking you to shift your focus on "what is out there" (drawing analogy)

!!!The Parts:
*'Description:'
striving for a characterization of the message itself
looking at patterns and parts
language is neutral - not evaluative or prescriptive
feeds to analysis
you break your leg - go to Dr and tell her you fell down the stairs and your leg is black and blue
*'Analysis:'
Identify parts, patterns, and choices
language is neutral again - not evaluative or prescriptive
Impartial - balcony view
Not about 'dissing' the writers or the audience
Looking for choices the writer made
Analysis provides evidence for interpretation
Dr.'s diagnosis is analysis, using technical terms (very precise language)
*'Interpretation:'
What do the choices mean?

!!!Advice:
* When you see you are getting ahead of yourself, stop and move your consideration to the proper section
*Work out techniques that work for you.
Start with bullet lists is one option.
*You break your leg - you give description Dr.'s diagnosis is analysis, technical terms, very precise language
*Write your personal opinions down elsewhere, to keep them out of your analysis and interpretation.
*Balcony view has your stance, but is not purely objective
*Use Evaluation for evaluation and judgement.
* Refer to Stoner and Perkins as a guide to focusing your attention on each phase (I know I have to.)
* Work from a balcony view rather than from gut reaction. Stand outside the rhetorical interaction to observe it.
* Get in close, especially in description.



Example A 2.0
!!!The Description:
*Three of the bullets are bolded (characterization)
*From the beginning they assume the balcony view
*Put in messages to yourself: "list-serv"
*Not making opionated notes within description, maybe on the side?
*Paying attention to internal characteristics and the rhetorical purpose of the email

!!!The Analysis:
*No more bullets
*From the beginning the writer is drawing on the description for their analysis - 'building on description notes'
*Specifying 'choices of writers' - "The writers of this e-mail appear to..." & "That choice allowed..."
*Using terms for search method: 'formality' and 'informality'

!!!The Interpretation:
*So what? - as the book asks
*Stepped completely outside of the situation - fully in balcony view - neutral stance
*Analogy - excellent :)
*Uses "maybe" to keep it open and interpretive - limits interpretation
*New concept - "The friendliness tone-switch"
*This could be the groundwork for a 5-page essay, could revise and do it differently...



!!!%apply=block bgcolor=black%%color=white%Example B%center%

!!!The Description:
*The last paragraph is a characterization
*The last sentence is a transition into Analysis
*Goes in order of the e-mail
*Lots of examples, very detailed
*Not in bullets, more detailed, very in-depth description
*Use detail because it will lead you to other details, you don't know what you will use
*Neutral

!!!The Analysis:
*Second paragraph - "(and if they had, one would...)" Referring to if there had been more participation - shows that a person is writing this - they put it in ( ) - notes for their use
*Third paragraph - speaks to what the author did not include in their writing - their choices
*Passive phrasing - "The initial business-like appearance... contribute to the semi-formal tone..." in first paragraph implies the author made choices to create a tone

!!!The Interpretation:
*"Bait-and-switch" - switch to interpretive terms
*Language shifts from neutral details to a very blunt end
*Not over-stated and is the natural conclusion from the rest of what they've said
*"Insight well earned" - moderated, moderate, balcony view, fits the term



There is more than one way to do these notes. But use the headings - description, analysis, and interpretation - to help you focus. That will help you become aware of what you're doing as you do it.


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