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===== 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.

Alan Levine.
Amber Rae:

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:

address: specific mentions
using pronouns
referring to the audience
using questions and directives
enacting conversational interaction: dramatizing
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:
- What kind of markers are prevalent
- What patterns of use emerge
- How are the markers used
- How frequently
- The differences in kinds and use between the two samples - and, now that you have four samples, differences between the four

====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**:

- draw an audience together (80)
- set up a hypothetical situation (80)
- characterize the audience (81). Project a particular characteristics of an audience (89).
- create humor, irony, sarcasm ...
- put things together (83). That is, connect two statements. Directing the audience to fill in the enthymeme. (87)
- parody other genres and styles
- direct an accurate reading
- ....

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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