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ERIC Number: EJ824624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1945-3248
"We're Just Kidding": Sexual Obscenities in Classroom Chat and Teaching about Audience
Berzsenyi, Christyne
Writing Instructor, Jan 2004
Concentrating on the unintentionally dominant group, the author considers how Walter Ong demonstrates that novice writers have a narrow concept of audience that is really a narcissistic fiction projected as an ideal reader (1975). Given this, writing instructors can work to broaden their students' sense of audience to consider readers who are not exactly like themselves. This essay, while not a success story of student chat room exchange, presents how the author encouraged students' rhetorical analysis, "getting past the narcissism", to enable more complex understandings of audience in online communities. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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