Miles Coverdale (manos74) wrote,
Miles Coverdale

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Audience, common ground, and outrage

I wish I could've showed this to my students earlier this year when they complained they didn't know the point to keeping an audience in mind when they wrote and didn't understand why I spent so much time and effort on it and especially the little bastard who wrote on his/her course evaluation "this is the only course I'll ever have to write to an audience for so why bother."

Stolen from mrrranda. Theft is property, therefore, property is theft.

...and this is why I can't stand moral outrage in connection with an opinion. Because moral outrage does away with common ground. It's just like what I said back in February--"making faith-based arguments isn't that effective, because 1) your reader is going to share your faith and will automatically agree with you, and then what's the point of writing it?, or 2) your reader is going to have a different faith, in which case he'll disagree with you and the two of you will just resort to saying 'My god says so!' 'O yeah? My god says you're going to hell!'" One man's pleasure is another's moral reprehensibility, ya know. And getting morally or emotionally or pathos-like outraged about something is just a way to put your own opinions about it beyond criticism.

...did that make sense? 'Cause it made sense to me. I just wanted to post a link to Mrrranda's entry because I thought it was cool.
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