WikipediasRhetoricalSituationHow to convince WP thatyour content belongs...
Rhetorical Situation                            Before making any rhetorical               Audience     choices, you shoul...
Rhetorical Situation                            Who is the audience of Wikipedia?               Audience      Author      ...
Rhetorical Situation                            Who is the audience of Wikipedia?               Audience     EVERYONE!    ...
Rhetorical Situation                            Who is the audience of Wikipedia?               Audience     EVERYONE!    ...
Rhetorical Situation                            Audience: English speakers around               Audience     the world.   ...
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Rhetorical Situation                            Audience: English speakers around               Audience     the world. Se...
Rhetorical Situation                            Audience: English speakers around               Audience     the world. Se...
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  1. 1. WikipediasRhetoricalSituationHow to convince WP thatyour content belongs...
  2. 2. Rhetorical Situation Before making any rhetorical Audience choices, you should consider the rhetorical situation. Lets start with the audience.... Author Text
  3. 3. Rhetorical Situation Who is the audience of Wikipedia? Audience Author Text
  4. 4. Rhetorical Situation Who is the audience of Wikipedia? Audience EVERYONE! Author Text
  5. 5. Rhetorical Situation Who is the audience of Wikipedia? Audience EVERYONE! But lets describe the audience in more detail. Author Text
  6. 6. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Thats huge. Humans speak English on every continent. Even in countries where English is not the dominant language, many people speak English. For this audience, you have to think super global. Author Text
  7. 7. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Thats huge. Humans speak English on every continent. Even in countries where English is not the dominant language, many people speak English. For this audience, you have to think super global. Your readers could be in every nation on Earth, belong to almost any religion, and be of any age old and young. Author Text
  8. 8. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around the Audience world. Think about how this may change your writing. Can you write this sentence: "The Constitution established freedom of speech as an inalienable right." What is wrong with this? Well, what constitution? In America, we talk about the constitution, the church, the president, congress as if the American versions are the only ones in the world. When writing with a globally diverse audience, you cannot assume that your audience will share much of the common knowledge that we share as fellow Americans. Author Text
  9. 9. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information. Your readers go to Wikipedia to learn information about a topic. Some will want a very brief introduction. Those people will just read the first few paragraphs. Some readers will want more in-depth knowledge. Those readers will keep reading through the body of the article. Those readers may also keep researching by looking at your references Author Text
  10. 10. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information. Ok, thats a good start. Lets talk about the text. Author Text
  11. 11. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information. What is the text? Wikipedia. Lets talk about text as both a medium and a genre. Author Text First, how is the medium of Wikipedia unique?
  12. 12. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information. Text: Medium, Online. Because the medium is online, Author Text we know that Wikipedia is not limited like print publications. Wikipedia can grow and grow without worrying about space.
  13. 13. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information. Text: Medium, Online. Collaborative, Wikipedia is the encyclopedia that Author Text anyone can edit. The articles change on a daily basis. After you finish this project, future editors will change your contribution. Thats how WP improves. Constant change!
  14. 14. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information. Text: Medium, Online. Collaborative, Multimedia, Wikipedia articles include text, Author Text images, and even video.
  15. 15. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information. Text: Medium, Online. Collaborative, Multimedia, Hyperlinking. Author Text Finally, Wikipedia articles link to other articles. Have you ever gone to WP for information on one topic and then clicked through links for way more time than you planned? I know I have! Thats a virtue in Wikipedia.
  16. 16. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information. Text: Medium, Online. Collaborative, Multimedia, Hyperlinking. Genre: Encyclopedia. Author Text Encyclopedias are not considered scholarship. They do not make original arguments.
  17. 17. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information. Text: Medium, Online. Collaborative, Multimedia, Hyperlinking. Genre: Encyclopedia. Author Text Encyclopedias summarize existing knowledge. They collect notable information. Readers go to encyclopedias to gain a broad understanding of a topic.
  18. 18. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information. Text: Medium, Online. Collaborative, Multimedia, Hyperlinking. Genre: Encyclopedia. Author Text Ok, thats a good start on the medium. Think about how you the medium may change your writing style. On to author...
  19. 19. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information.Who is the author ofWikipedia?You are! Text: Medium, Online. Collaborative, Multimedia, Hyperlinking. Genre: Encyclopedia. Author Text
  20. 20. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information.Who is the author ofWikipedia?You are!No... not really. Text: Medium, Online. Collaborative, Multimedia, Hyperlinking. Genre: Encyclopedia. Author Text
  21. 21. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information.Who is the author ofWikipedia?The word author means theoriginator or creator. Youare not creating anythingnew. Instead, you are Text: Medium, Online.summarizing and Collaborative, Multimedia,paraphrasing existing Hyperlinking. Genre:knowledge. Encyclopedia. Author Text
  22. 22. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information.Who is the author ofWikipedia?Also, your work is not thefinal version of theWikipedia article. Othereditors will revise, remove, Text: Medium, Online.and expand your Collaborative, Multimedia,contributions. Hyperlinking. Genre: Encyclopedia. Author Text
  23. 23. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information.Who is the author ofWikipedia?You are not the author ofWikipedia; you are aneditor of Wikipedia. Who,then, is the author of this Text: Medium, Online.rhetorical situation? Collaborative, Multimedia, Hyperlinking. Genre: Encyclopedia. Author Text
  24. 24. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information.Author: Generic WikipediaEditor.You need to adopt thepersona of a generic editorof Wikipedia. Text: Medium, Online. Collaborative, Multimedia, Hyperlinking. Genre: Encyclopedia. Author Text
  25. 25. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers around Audience the world. Seeking reliable information.Author: Generic WikipediaEditor.You need to learn aboutWikipedia conventions sothat your contributions arecohesive with every other Text: Medium, Online.Wikipedia editors Collaborative, Multimedia,contributions. Hyperlinking. Genre: Encyclopedia. Author Text
  26. 26. Rhetorical Situation Audience: English speakers aroundAuthor: Generic WikipediaEditor. Audience the world. Seeking reliable information.Why is this important? Thinkabout how each of us has aunique voice. We have to trainand discover our voice aswriters. In WP, you need totrain your voice to blend with thevoices of Wikipedia. This is notan individualistic project.Instead, the best editors are theeditors who create the most Text: Medium, Online.cohesion across Wikipedia. Collaborative, Multimedia, Hyperlinking. Genre: Encyclopedia. Author Text
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