How does Genre Theory inform our understandings of Social Networks? Or how does a Social Networking site function as a genre?
  • What are the social, rhetorical, dynamic, historical, cultural, situated, and/or ideological characteristics of a Social Networking site?
    • the context is everything
    • social because you are very aware of who your "friends"/audience - much more social than off line writing
    • collaborative and interactive
    • historically - social networking keeps a documented running record
    • dynamic because it is always being added to, modified and changed
    • ideological - depends upon the intended audience
    • cultural piece - technology may limit who accesses online media
    • Historical-writing and communication has ransformed over time, written letters to email, blogs to twitter, etc. We are a fast paced society so our social networks have changed to adapt to our lifestyles
    • Social and Rhetorical-every action has another reaction so that builds the genres. Have different experiences based on who they interact with online. Usually choose who we interact with to suit our social purpose
    • Dynamic-changes according to the needs of the users and owners. Keep things new and exciting for the users
    • Cultural- Have smaller groups within a larger networks to help identify specifics of its members (likes, dislikes, etc). Some networks are built entirely around one interest (knitting, music, hamburgers) to bring members together
    • Situated-Choose networks usually based on a users need to be connected to others that have similar interests or to learn new info on a topic
    • Ideological-May act differently depending on the network you are on. One must adapt themselves to the norms or rules of that network. Keep in mind the discourse language of the site
    • Discussed how each of these components were part of Social Networks, however we are viewing just the “tip of the ice berg” when on a Social Network … so we might not know just how each of this components are part of the particular site.
    • We can scaffold writing in genres by talking with students about what we envision or imagine is under the iceberg.
  • If we accept a Social Networking site as a genre, where does it fit? Is it a text? a rhetoric? a practice?
    • not just a text - much more
    • rhetoric because its intention is communication
    • it is definitely its own genre - it can take on different styles for different purposes
    • as a practice, it increases the relevance of the purposes of writing for our students
    • Social Networking sites seem to fit into all three categories - text, rhetoric, and practice. There are the obvious visual images and words that comprise the messages being sent and received via a SN site. Rhetorically, SN sites provide a context for social exchanges and/or actions to take place, which remind of us our connections to others (our intended and peripheral audiences). As a practice, SN sites continue to change, which also influences the kind of communication that occurs. The interaction within a SN site is also situated which offers a context for how to reconcile our expectations of the site
    • Depends on the Social Network one is on. We feel they can fit all categories.
      Rhetoric- based on purpose
      Practice-always changing and thinking of how one can contribute more. Site is constantly changing as well
      Text-an active evolving text
    • It fits as a text, rhetoric, and practice and is framed mainly in the present; the writing is interactive, ongoing, not polished.
  • How might this lens change how we might use Social Networking sites in our classrooms? as writers? as professionals?
    • another interactive space - can publish, interact outside of classroom
    • teach context, not text - provide students with the skills to recognize genres for purpose and audience requirements
    • allows for numerous examples to be out there - allows for us and students to look at other samples to create our own
    • increase relevance because it expands possible audience
    • Through the lens of Genre Theory SN sites could be used by engaging students prior knowledge using their experiences on these sites, as a communication tool for parents, to facilitate online discussions amongst students. As writers, this lens reminds us of our audience within the SN sites, as well as provides a way to gather ideas for our writing.
    • Considering your purpose as a writer. Take into consideration context, tone, and audience.
    • Teaching students the different genres-when to write professionally and when they can be more relaxed. Many still don’t seem to get that they should speak/write/act differently depending on the situations they find themselves in. Genre theory and social networks might be the way to help them understand this in an interesting format they enjoy. Start with the internet and then bring those analytical skills to the writing they do in the classroom
    • Publish online to help students feel they have a real audience-they may take more pride and put more effort into their work.
    • It e-x-p-a-n-d-s the opportunities for teachers and students to engage new audiences. This shifts the focus of education from writing just for the teacher to grade, to writing because you have important ideas and thinking to share.