Reading Wiki Web Pages

A prescriptive approach to reading wiki name pages would focus on what you did that follows conventions and where you depart from convention. It might try to address aesthetics (is the page pleasing to the eye), legibility (is it easy to read? Italics and center aligned text are notoriously difficult to read on screen), and appropriateness to a regularized rhetorical situation of a university student creating a page in a university-level class: that regularized situation implied presuppositions about level of formality in prose, address (first person, but respectful), what to mention and what to leave out, punctuation, spelling, syntax, usage ...

But we're not taking a prescriptive approach. We're taking a descriptive approach, with practice in getting at how the rhetorical message works.

Read and refer to TheTexualizedRhetoricalSituation.


The rhetor has kept the tutorial title, and has kept the autobio short: four sentences, one of which is a list, and the last of which is very informal. The page is dominated by an image, probably of the rhetor, which by being is staged and designed, openly presents an implied rhetor. There seems to be a real emphasis on creating the implied rhetor, by including a quote from Shakespeare (traditional), along with a bullet list of social media sites she is part of (contemporary): a blog, FB, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr. The presence of these - quite a number, and quite a range - and the heading used to label them - My Links - illustrates tight connections with online groups; and their presence as active links is an invitation to visit these other rhetorical spaces. Those links of invite tie in with an invitation to contact her by email: not just an email address but "Email Me." Our tendency is match up the actual rhetor with the rhetor implied on the page, but we can't be sure that the woman pictured is the actual rhetor, or that the rhetor actually composed or designed the page.





This is a good example of remediation: that is, using the rhetorical conventions of one media and form in a new media. The original media and form is the formal invitation, as to a party or formal occasion. The most salient feature is that everything is centered: headings, text, image. The page title is the name of the implied rhetor, followed by an email address set as a heading rather than standard text, and not linked. Intro to Me is an informal phrasing but made formal by centering. The text is five sentences long, short sentences, S-V construction (that's how we create sentences in speech), arranged chronologically, from the current state ("I am ...") to the future ("After college ..."). Mentioned here is a wedding coming up, which mention reinforces the use of invitational design. The final heading, too, is a direct invitation: Watch Me Stream Some Time, with an active link to the gaming space, and when he tends to be active. Again, considering the design and rhetorical choices bring the implied rhetor, not the actual rhetor, to the front, out focus of attention. If Jordon were to make different choices, the implied rhetor would change.

Text-Context Interaction
see S&P chap 4

Not conforming, but not desecration either. The page flaunts some web page design principles on the way to remediation, so it best fits non-conformity for the mode of a web page even as it works towards conforming to paper-based rhetorical moves.

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