Meditation on Wikipedia

When I try to find information I need on Wikipedia, I usually just read the leading paragraph and skip all other contents. But I never think about the design of Wikipedia page. The leading paragraph always starts with bold title. The following contents are separated into several sections so people can easily find what they want if they just need some specific parts.  

I usually take those articles for granted but never think about how these website pages are built and how these articles are edited. Wikipedia enable people to have online encyclopedia instead of carrying heavy books. However, what we usually ignore is only after Internet was invented,the existence of Wikipedia became possible.

Additionally, there are lots of people who are willing to share information actually did numerous editing work. I may only spend few minutes looking into some feature articles but editors may spend few days or even longer working on providing credible information, doing correct citation and discussing contents with other editors. 

A Wikipedia article contains more than I think. If I search “the birth control movement in united states,” this article includes large amounts of links, which connected to broader information.

Oct16th Thursday

Second genre: Youtube PatrickJMT

- Rhetorical situation: To inform people; to make them familiar with; or even to entertain them

- Audience: People who are struggling with math problems. Especially, college students who are taking calculus and linear algebra classes.

- Constraints: Not too long or not too short. It has to be easy to understand.

- Exigence: There are lots of students who have difficulties in understanding their college math courses. So they require online free math tutors

- Pathos: There is no patho in my second genre.

- Ethos: Intellectual and informative

- Logos: Use examples, formulas and definitions to help student figure out how to solve their problems.

- Persuasion: Patrick is professional at using easy way to explain complex math problems. Usually, he will illustrate definitions and work on examples step by step so that students can easily go through hard subjects with him.

10/14/2014 Tuesday

Goal:

To share information visually of some specific topics.

To provide a platform for people who are engage with such kind of topics to discuss.

To offer people entertainment.

What keep them together writing/reading for each other?

Some people who are expert in some specific areas have strong desire to share information. Also posting videos on the video website is able to make profits for them. Audiences who are in need of such kind information may follow those videos to get what they want.

Templates writing

In the introduction to” They Say/ I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein Provide templates designed to help people to write more organized and more clear. Specifically, Graff and Birkenstein argue that the types of writing templates they offer are good for learners to deeply understand “they say, I say.” Writers are able to state their thoughts and also declare counter ideas.

Although some people believe using templates may impede creativities and is possible to be assumed as plagiarism, Graff and Birkenstein insist that using templates is just a start point. People will gradually obtain advanced writing skills through practicing templates. They also insist that templates are only base to build better writing. Even Shakespeare would use format developed by former writers. In sum, then, their view is that templates can help people learned writing better.

I agree. In my view, the types of templates that the authors recommend offer easier beginnings. People who have problems with starting a new essay or just start to learn writing may prefer to have such kind of outline. For instance, I learned English academic writing for only few years. At first, I had no idea what to put in the first paragraph. How can I write logically and clearly in a second language? My English teacher used to offer me some similar templates mentioned in this book. I followed those templates and practiced repeatedly. After practicing many times, I start to have my own forms.  Some might object, of course, on the ground that people may be restricted because of fixed pattern. Yet I would argue that the core of a composition is idea or thought. The templates cannot restrict how do people think. The shine of outstanding thoughts cannot be buried.

Overall, then I believe templates indeed help people to write better and more organized. Moreover, people can finally own their personal styles by practicing and practice those basic templates.

Facebook genre conventions and unacceptable behavior

To build a readable Facebook page or to make others willing to read our Facebook pages, there are several genre conventions.

- Interesting or attractive posts ( e.g. puppy pictures)

- Entertains

- positive post

- Useful information (i.e. sharing traffic information)

- keeping an appropriate posting frequency 

There are also some characteristics of bad-building Facebook pages.

- Sensitive contents 

- over personal information

- internet bully (cyber-bully) (sometimes happening among middle school students)

- Rude, negative posts

- Overwhelming ( spamming others timeline)

- Trying to be deep or critical but actually are not very deep.

- Irrelevant posts

Here is a template.

A good picture with few concise description.

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"Just met this little puppy!  His name is "seven." So cute!!! <3"

(Sounds a little bit childish but I bet this is what I can find among those typical posts on my Facebook timeline.) 

More likely, people post their selfies or pictures with others and then add where they are and what they are doing.

i.e. Having dinner with my awesome roomie at XXX place! (And pictures)

I am a second-year student here at ucsb, from south-east China. My original name was Yue. Then I realized lots of people here can only pronounce it as &#8220;ew&#8221; or &#8220;eu&#8221;. So I picked Rachel as my English name. Now I am more used to it than my chinese name.
Freshman year was a challenge to me. It was a totally different way to live, go to school and communicate with others. I was struggling and I am sure I will continue to struggle somehow, but I am looking forward to my second year. I believe it will be better.
It is the first time I use tumblr, so I am still trying to figure out how to use it thoroughly.
It&#8217;s good to take this class. Hope we all have a good quarter.

I am a second-year student here at ucsb, from south-east China. My original name was Yue. Then I realized lots of people here can only pronounce it as “ew” or “eu”. So I picked Rachel as my English name. Now I am more used to it than my chinese name.

Freshman year was a challenge to me. It was a totally different way to live, go to school and communicate with others. I was struggling and I am sure I will continue to struggle somehow, but I am looking forward to my second year. I believe it will be better.

It is the first time I use tumblr, so I am still trying to figure out how to use it thoroughly.

It’s good to take this class. Hope we all have a good quarter.