An interesting point the author, Joshua Rothman, of the “Why is Academic Writing so Academic?” article made is that while journalism is moving in a populist direction, academic writing is doing the opposite. Academics write their articles and papers with the mindset that only very small, select groups of people will read them. I have noticed that when I have read academic articles in the past that the targeted audience is specific. The method in which the material is discussed in academic writings is dry and concentrated. Typically, the author writes in such a way that he expects the reader to already have knowledge on the subject. Because of this, these academic writings fit into a small niche.
I think another reason why the audience reading academic writing has shrunk is because of how difficult it has become to access academic journals. Rothman attributes the exclusive nature of academic writing to the way the system that produces these writings is. I agree with him. He did not explicitly address this factor, but after reading “Students Can’t Access Essential Research” for a past reflection, I believe that if more people had access to academic journals, it would expand academic writing. Not only would students, professors, and other members of academia read academic writing if access to it was easier and more affordable, but people who simply have an interest in the topic would read it.
Question: Why is access to academic research a privilege?
Access to academic research is a privilege first and foremost because there are many people around the world who are in great need of it, and could possibly do wonderful great things for this world. And also in order to gain an solid education access to academic research is needed.
How can you leverage that privilege by contributing to public resources like wikipedia?
By contributing to an outlet such as wikipedia, I will be opening one more door for someone who needs the information I am providing who wouldn’t otherwise receive it without my contribution to wikipedia.
My absolute favorite line from this reading is “learners are doers, not recipients.” for the simple fact that this is more than true, really hits home. I for one believe that when you are given information, it definitely is up to you to do whatever you want with it, but if you actually understand the information being fed to you, you will figure out a way to implement it into your daily life, so you as a learner is actually doing something making you a doer. However if you just keep the information you’re given and store it you’re not actually learning, you’re just receiving the information brought to you.
As far as the author of the article on “Why is Academic Writing so Academic?” I completely and utterly agree with everything stated. Academic writing is not for everyone to understand, because it is not catered to the general public, it is meant for people who actually enjoy the approach. Now for the page on annotated bibliography, I have some experience with doing an annotated bibliography, maybe once or twice before. And the same rules and guidelines listed in the reading are close to or almost identical to what my previous professors have taught me when completing an annotated bibliography.
I completed both my Mid-semester report and Annotated Bibliography in which I focused on the Brooklyn Bridge between the 1869 to 1899 time period. It was difficult to obtain information, so whatever I was lucky enough to find went into both my annotated bibliography and mid-semester report. Right now I am thinking that focusing on the Brooklyn Bridge for my final report will be my best bet, but I would also like to do something a little more, and see if I can make my final project a bigger and better one, however, not something that will be too much to handle.