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===== Balcony View Exercise Debriefing =====
Taking a critical stance goes beyond a gut reaction and demands that we stand outside the rhetorical interaction. It's the stance that moves us from reaction to critique.

To engage critique is to come to understand how a message (webpage, tweet, book, poem, film) //works// in relation to those who encounter it, and presenting that understanding to others. Not necessarily what it means - but how it works.

- involves external perspective: balcony view: standing outside the rhetorical situation
- involves systematic observation and description, using rhetorical concepts and principles to interpret
- involves using those observations as evidence for an analysis and evaluation
- involves a systematic method to see features and patterns that others will miss

Doing critical work is a method: It can be learned. It is not mere guesses and impressions.

- Typically, you, as the critic, stand outside the interaction, viewing how others view it.
- not as the writer of the message, not even as the intended audience/reader, but as a commentator

=== The balcony view exercise ===
was to help you experience what it's like to take this stance - the outside balcony view. To keep in mind is that this is not an exercise in Creative Writing. The narrative of the incident can prosaic, everyday, commonplace. The register of the first version doesn't matter much the point of the exercise is to experience taking a critical stance in the third version.

=== S&P invite you to reflect p 17===

- what did you find in writing these - sense of what you were doing, attitudes, etc
- which one was most difficult? why?
- which is longest? why?
- which is most grounded in observation? what's that suggest?
- which is most interpretive?

S&P suggest that the 3rd version will have you as a viewer most metaphorically distant and least emotionally engaged. Do you see that in yours?

=== discussion on stance and writing ===
We can see some traces of the critical stance in the 3rd version.
- it tends to be more systematic than the others
- it NOT wholly objective at all - very much interpretive from a particular position
- it's grounded in the wider view
- varies in how emotionally invested the writer is
- BUT it comes from a perspective outside the immediate situation.

=== and why ===
I'm asking you to take a balcony stance in doing notes and analysis, stepping outside of the immediate rhetorical situation, observing, using neutral language when you start. This stance isn't giving up your subjectivity but placing it.

- Critic takes a more emotionally distant, broader, more theoretically informed view - bigger picture -
- DOESN'T mean you become someone else or give up the other views
- fact that you can write from 3 perspectives demonstrates that it's still you doing the crit.

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