(Schmitz) In Amish country however they still take marriage very seriously. Amish individuals aren’t allowed to marry outside of Amish country and it’s very rare to see a divorce. (Powell) Throughout my research these were a few of the debates that I found dealing with “discourse communities” in our society today. The links that you provided for us under the “About Discourse Communities” were extremely helpful while writing this essay. I found the “Issue Brief: Discourse Communities” by Charles Bazerman to be the best read. I enjoyed hearing him talk about the devil's advocate side of discourse communities. An individual can categorized themselves in certain categories but others might place you in different groups, causing you to be viewed inaccurate and can cause you to feel insecure about yourself. Sadly, in today’s society majority of people really care about what others say about us, because of this “discourse community” could have
Kohorst 6 negative implications on our lives if we let it. Bazerman describes it in a nicer way, “While useful in suggesting the social distribution of writing, the term discourse community has been criticized in being imprecise and inaccurate, by emphasizing the uniformity, symmetrical relations and cooperation within text circulation networks” (Bazerman) I was also able to bring together (Synthesize) those links to the books that we’ve been reading thus far. When I read Spurlock’s story and then I read the links you provided us with I made an unusual connection between what Spurlock may have been trying to portray. Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald’s for thirty straight days. During those thirty days he was consider part of the fast food “discourse community.” Spurlock demonstrated what can happen to you if you get too invested in the fast food industry and the results were clearly seen in his physical appearance. The way people think about food is clearly seen when you compare certain discourse communities against each other. I used to body builder vs marathon runner earlier, each of these individuals reside in a different community and view food differently. The body builder will express his love for body building and food by consuming multiple meals a day that are high in protein and carbs, while the marathon runner will eat significantly less and load up on carbs, water, fruits and vegetables. They communicate by their intake of food and the results that come with it. Other “discourse communities” express themselves in different ways. Vegetarians and vegans are very vocal about their dislike of the consumption of meat. Vegans go as far as to not consume anything that came from an animal. That is on the extreme in my mind but they obtain certain values that it shouldn’t be done. Most are silent vegan while others go out in public and express their opinions on the topic, vocal vegans. The Amish, again referred to above take a different route and live their simplistic lives, communicating silently
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