Sunday, February 7, 2016

Why don't we complain?

   Our task this week was to read through the author's point of view, or in other words, read like a writer. Before reading William Buckley's "Why Don't We Complain?", I envisioned a dry narrative on how to complain. As I read through Buckley's writing, my attention was caught almost immediately. The style of writing in the 1960's, I imagine, was much more proper between author and reader, but Buckley took a more laid-back approach to reach his audience. His personal anecdotes really strengthened his claim and I think it worked in his favor because it was easier for his audience to relate and agree with him. I also noticed his vocabulary wasn't too informal or too proper, but achieved a perfect medium to reach his audience. Through his use of diction and day to day examples, it's pretty clear Buckley knew who his audience was. 

   His argument in context to our modern day life is just as relevant as it was back then. I think this is something we could read now, not knowing it was written in the 60's, and be able to relate to it. His timeless examples are something we experience in our lives on a daily basis. Being able to captivate an audience's attention is something thats pretty important in everything we write. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

    While listening to the podcast, I had trouble finding the connection between the topic and how it relates to an English class. It wasn't until the last 15 minutes of the podcast where I understood how the information would help us; the creators of the podcast stressed the importance of many people working together to create and finalize something ready to post to the public. In the same way, we would be working in groups to perfect our written assignments. Also, they pointed out how sometimes they edit their own work, knowing it's not the best it could be, but have no idea how to improve it or how to change it. I've experienced this many times when writing papers. The bloggers also mentioned at the very end how it actually took many months to produce a blog worthy of publishing, which makes me realize great work doesn't happen overnight, or over week.