Forum G

 Freewrite a 250 word (minimum) response to Kantz’s article using the following questions as guidelines:

o      Based on Kantz’s article:

§       First explain:  What abilities and knowledges does a strong reader and writer need to have?  How would you create a strong sustained research argument in Kantz’s opinion?  What would it look like?  Or what would it entail?  How would sources be worked with on the page in your essay?  How does she distinguish between opinions and facts and why is this distinction important?  How does rhetoric and rhetorical analysis come into play in reading and writing according to Kantz?  How does Kantz want you to conceive of yourself?  What ethos does she want you to create?  Lastly, how might Sibley be a role model for the kind of reader, writer, and thinker that Kantz advocates?

§       Second explain:  What might you do in your sustained research essay that mimics Sibley’s ethos and meet Kantz’s standards?  How will you create this ethos on the page? Be specific here.  I want to know what research methods you will implement to create that ethos, what sources you might draw on to create that ethos, and what you hope to accomplish as a rhetor on the page with your sustained research essay.  Also, what obstacles do you see yourself facing that arise as you research and write about this topic of inquiry.

**Remember, ethos is created on the page by presenting a credible voice, which gains respect of audience so that they will consider your argument.

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2 responses to “Forum G

  1. A strong writer should be able to analyze a rhetorical situation. The rhetorical situation is comprised of three parts: the Encoder, Decoder, and Reality. This analysis enables the reader/writer to draw up on creative and unique stances that put different sources in to conversation. This makes a strong reader/writer because it isn’t just a summary of the sources and it doesn’t take what the sources say as actual facts. A strong writer is able to look at the context in which the piece was written and look for biases that may affect the delivery of the message to a specific audience. This would model what a strong sustained research argument would look like in Kantz’s opinion.

    Kantz wants the writer to see him/herself as confident and scholarly. She wants the writer to create an ethos of professionalism. Shirley may be a role model because she learns from her experience as a knowledge-based writer and learns that she must engage with different sources instead of plainly agreeing with them.

    In my sustained research essay, I want to be able to involve in rhetorical analyses with my four sources. I want to establish an ethos that portrays the ability to think and critically analyze situations at hand and search for their “hidden” contexts and audiences. I want to create this ethos on the page by entering into conversation with my sources and coming up with my own unique insights that can either enhance or break down the sources arguments based on context, audience, and reader. The sources that I want to draw upon are personal interviews, scholarly articles about gaming, blogs that are concerned with the similar topic, and people who don’t have much exposure to gaming and their articles on their views of this topic. As a rhetor, I hope to gather a wide range of views and put them into conversation. As the author of the piece, I want to stray away from bias and I just want to present a situation where my audience can relate to the topic and can understand the context from where it is being brought up.

    Possible obstacles that I see myself facing are those that concern the “right” selection of sources. And when I select these “right” sources, I want to eliminate as much of my own bias as possible. Another obstacle that I may face is making the scope of the rhetorical analysis of each source smaller so that I can meet the constraints of the writing assignment.

    Altogether, I want to be able to draw up on a relevant rhetorical analysis that is though provoking and leads to deeper questions of my topic.

  2. Joey Papoutsis

    A strong reader or writer needs to be able to analyze more than just the information that is presented in the source. Using rhetorical strategies, a strong reader and writer should be able to make inferences about the context of the source. This means understanding how bias, time period, and historical events tie into your sources. Shelly failed as a writer because she didn’t take these things into account, and failed to look into why her sources had statistical discrepancies. You should include some sort of opinion as to the significance of bringing your sources together. You need to be an encoder, and a decoder. An encoder tries to be credible with his presentation and a decoder tells a complete story linking all his or her information together. One of the most important things that Kantz stressed in this article was that drafts are very important for writers. Too many students think they can turn in the first draft of a paper. Writing is a process that needs time to develop, and it might not be until the third or fourth draft that you learn how to properly use rhetorical strategies.

    In my paper I think it’s incredibly important that I take bias into account when examining my sources. Churchill had a different number of British soldiers than the French did in his accounts because he wanted the British victory to seem as impressive as possible. I think that different groups may have different opinions about the effectiveness of security cameras for different reasons. For example, a law enforcement agency probably wants citizens to think that security cameras make them safer if they are the one’s who are installing them. While the ACLU might want citizens to believe that security cameras don’t provide any protection and they are just invading people’s privacy. I think that using government provided statistics might give my paper more credibility, but not necessarily help me prove the point I want to prove. Overall, I will use rhetorical analysis to compare sources as a whole and the context into which they were published.

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