Audience Markers Exercise 2

refer to Myers, chap 6: Audience
Interpreting purpose: What are audience markers used for.

AudienceMarkersExercise1 asked you to focus on locating audience markers. For this exercise, turn your attention to what the blogger is using them for: their use.

Start a new page on your own wikiname page: AudienceMarkersExercise2 - followed by your initials.

Here are two blog posts from two active bloggers: Alan Levine, and Amber Rae. Refer to their blogs for their backgrounds.

As before, copy and paste the text of the two posts into a new page- AudienceMarkersExercise2 - followed by your initials. Then turn your eye to analysis. I've extracted the text from the posts for you at TwoBlogPostsForAnalysis.

Describe the rhetorical situation

Start your analysis with paragraph or two describing the rhetorical situation of each: author, occasion, exigence, and so on, from Longaker, pp 12 - 13.

Analysis

Then, as before, develop some extensive notes analyzing each text using the headings that Myers uses in chap 6:

footing
address: specific mentions
using pronouns
referring to the audience
using questions and directives
enacting conversational interaction: dramatizing
implicature
politeness
presence of markers that draw on shared expectations and knowledge

As before, you can annotate, edit, rearrange, and mark up the texts to highlight examples, add commentary, and reveal patterns. You're aiming for an analysis, so take the balcony stance, be neutral, fair, and complete - and use the concepts from Myers.

As always, you're watching for patterns:

Interpretation: Two Paragraphs

Complete your analysis with a couple of paragraphs in which you consider what each blogger is using audience markers for: that is, What purpose or aim do the patterns of use seem to add up to?

Myers considers only briefly what audience markers can be used for:

You might find these uses emerging, but you might likely find other uses, and you will certainly find more specifics about these kinds of uses. When developing your interpretation, refer back to and consider the rhetorical situation - author, occasion ... - that you sketched out in the first part of this exercise.

Due Thursday, class time, when we'll compare notes.

Keep Myers, chap 6 in front of you as you work.


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