I talked a lot more about writing to audiences today in class. This is too difficult a concept for people to grasp, unfortunately. And I had many questions from students saying "I don't understand this!"
LOOK, PEOPLE. IT'S NOT THAT DIFFICULT. Figure out what your audience knows, what they expect from you, what your common ground is, and where your crucial differences lie. Proceed from there.
What, that's too complicated for you? Christ, does your mommy have to hold your cock when you pee?
Why the FUCK is it so difficult for you morons to ask yourselves "why do I want to tell people about this?"
You can't decide on who you want to reach the most? NOT MY FUCKING PROBLEM.
You can't tell what your reader knows already? TAKE A WILD FUCKING GUESS.
You're upset because you're writing your paper to an audience that's not me and you think I won't understand it and so I'll scuff up your precious GPA? CRY ME A FUCKING RIVER, YOU OVERGROWN HIGH-SCHOOLER.
Writing to one person does NOT NECESSARILY require writing your piece in the form of a letter.
YOU CANNOT REACH EVERYONE ON EARTH. Small audiences will help you get the hang of writing with someone else in mind, because by your own admission YOU'VE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT ANYTHING REMOTELY LIKE THIS BEFORE.
What the FUCK do you have to say that's going to be so important that you need a large audience for your writing?
*deep breath* calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean...
In other news, I got an email today with the subject line "Peace on Earth." I open it up, and inside is: "Our Doctor-Approved Pill Will Actually Expand, Lengthen And Enlarge Your Manhood. 100% GUARANTEED!" I have no words.
And speaking of geopolitics, apparently insulting the President is horrible and reprehensible and a denial of everything American stands for.
Unless you're in the military. Then insulting the President is a patriotic duty.