Blog: http://dianeravitch.net/


Notes

She has a website called dianeravitch.com and this blog was created because she was overusing twitter as a miniblog which the site isn't for so she made this blog in hopes to creates a certain aura of informality and encourages her to speak freely in a non-academic tone, the way one speaks to a friend. also not to be limited to 140 words and not clutter the twitter feeds.
She is a historian of education and research professor of education at New York University. Was born in Houston, Texas. Graduated from Wellesley College in 1960. Received a Ph.D in the history of American education in 1975. She is a mother of two sons and has four grandsons. Now lives in Brooklyn, New York. The topics are all involved with education purposes.

Patterns

the repetition pattern seems to be 9 posts per day. The links seems to always come from a different website but mostly from other blogs or mainstream media. Talking about that certain issue and if there are links in that article she will also post those links into her blog like “click here if you want more information on the event.” or if talking about a document she will link the document to her blog as well. Her biggest repetition pattern is using a word, phrase or URL for her links.

The sequencing seems to be her writing a paragraph or short sentence on the topic being discussed in the blog and the paragraph or short sentence is her opinion on the matter and then she will always link the original source and then copy and paste the part of the text of the article in her blog then continuing to state her own opinion on the subject posted but sometimes only certain parts of the blog for example if there a huge list like the one in “Massachusetts Teachers Association Fights Attacks on Teachers’ Licenses.” she will start listing the dates and events but then stop and creates a link to the website with the original source for that list with a click "here" or "For more Information click here.".
The only thing that follows this type of pattern is not putting the whole information in her blog but she will always link the original source giving it credit and evidence to her topics. So its hard to really say if this is a omission at work because when reading the linked source it will stay close to what she posted with her blog just only leaving out long listed events so that might be one.
The blog post “Fairtest:Leaders Begin to Hear and React to Anti-Testing Movement
is really strange to see in a blog post by her. She normally focuses on a certain stance when it comes to education and its shown through her blog post that she thinks education is really important but with this blog she tells a quick summary like usual but instead of siding with one stance or belief she opens it up to 19 different sources with this same topic but all post have different stances on the situations. Whether they pointed the blame at a person or talking about how the exams are stressing more kids out or even talking about how people don’t like the idea at all. The short version is that none of these articles or posts are on the same side and she lets it up to debate by posting all these links to mostly being mainstream media, other blogs and other websites.
The tone is non-academic even though she is a teacher herself she is speaking on a non-Academic level, to make it seem more friendly to her audience and not like a teacher giving a lecture.

Linking TextFrequency
PhraseMedium
NameLow
Word/NumberHigh
Deictic ExpressionNone
SentenceHigh
URLHigh
Brand NameNone
ImageNone
QuotationLow

Link LocationFrequency
BlogsHigh
WebsitesHigh
Internal LinksMedium
MerchandiseNone
Donation SiteNone
Social NetworkingLow
ImagesLow
Mainstream MediaMedium



Summary

Through out the whole study of this blog I notice that all the links supports evidence, gives credit, and tells more about the topic if not addressed in the blog itself. They are linked to other blogs, websites that aren’t blogs and a mainstream media being normally of news reporting websites. These links consist of incorporating link text through words, phrase, sentence, the url, and quotes. The most frequent one being used in the link text is sentence, words, and the url. The thing that strikes me odd is that if she does use a url as a link it is very minimal and the rest of blog post links are sentences or words. which is fine because thats the pattern she usual deals with but the blog post “Fairtest:Leaders Begin to Hear and React to Anti-Testing Movement” is the only time I don’t see her use words or sentences at all as links but only straight raw url from 19 different websites of blogs, mainstream media and other websites. This is strange for her to do because she breaks her pattern of talking about a certain subject and giving her opinion on the matter and then links it to support evidence or give credit to the original source or tell more about the subject. Then continue to talk about the subject but in this blog post she addresses the subject showing that there are many things happening from testing resistance, reform movements, pressure is mounting on Obama, Secretary Duncan and members of congress cut back on federal mandates that help standardized exams, and campaigns are forcing local officials to overhaul the testing policies they control. They all on the same subject or affect the subject in some way but instead of voicing and talking about this problem herself she just list a summary from 19 different states all links as a url from blogs, mainstream media and other websites. I imagine she didn’t voice her opinion because the topic was too huge to discuss so she technically leaves it up to the reader to decide on the subject then herself. Her blog links are normally aporia its always asking whats the best possible answer to the topic or uses words, or sentences and commenting a certain topic being a epicrisis. Overall the way she post the blogs are non-academic tone and more friendly taking herself out from being a teacher herself and focusing on why it is important from a third person aspect that education is important.
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