P2 Power of Language

P2 Power of Language - October 2nd, 2008 The Powers of...

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October 2 nd , 2008 The Powers of Language and Communication The power of language is an extremely powerful tool of communication . Writers in “Why Heather Can Write: Media Literacy and the Harry Potter Wars” by Henry Jenkins use this power to help communicate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with others through their own writings . Also, for blind writers, such as those in Oliver Sacks’ “The Mind’s Eye”, the power of language empowers them to communicate the complexities of blindness, to people who can see . Just because they cannot see does not, by any means, mean that they have lost the ability to tell; as is shown by Sacks through the various memoirs of select blind writers . Language is used to connect and create a common ground between various divergent people . Both the writers on the Harry Potter fan fiction website and the blind writers in Sacks’ essay commemorate and spread the power of learning and communicating through the power of language . The writers on the Harry Potter fan fiction website’s newspaper The Daily Prophet engage in an intellectual activity in which they celebrate learning through writing stories . It keeps young writers focused on aspects of learning, such as reading and writing, which are crucial literacy skills . “Teen writers develop a vocabulary for talking about writing and learn strategies for rewriting and improving their own work” (Jenkins 285) . Through, not only the writings of their own, but those of fellow writers, children learn to expand their knowledge and further advance and share their excitement for learning . The students not only discuss the topics of the stories, but also
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2 bond with other writers by interacting with them through the fictional characters portrayed in their stories . Young writers are also able to speak openly to all other writers without the intimidation some would normally feel when conversing with “strangers” because “the absence of face-to-face equalizes everyone a little bit” (Jenkins 281) . It is a way for some children to escape the harsh real world that they live in and go into their own state of minds in which they can be free to express their feelings . Other writers, then, can make connections with them and share these thoughts . The power of
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