After reading the Schmidt and Kopple article, please answer the questions below; please answer in complete sentences.
- How do Schmidt and Kopple define/characterize discourse communities?
- Why is this important to understand? (You as a person, you as a writer, you as a writer for this class)
- What parts of this article are most directly helpful for your DC project?
- The article also argues that there is a positive association between rhetoric and access (or widening one’s access) to various discourse communities—how do you see this in your own world?
- How does awareness of one’s status as insider or outsider of a discourse community relate to “understanding audience”?
- How does understanding the concept of discourse communities relate to an awareness of diverse systems of meaning making present in academia—and the world?