Discourse Communities, Genres, and Rhetoric

To be honest I have never really thought about these types of writing genres/concepts before, But I can see how important they are. Discourse communities are apart of everyone’s life whether they like it or not. Its what changes you, Its what makes you different from everybody else. It gives you character and makes you special. A discourse community is a group of people involved in communicating about a particular topic, issue, or a particular field. Rhetoric is the art of persuasion. Along with grammar and logic, it is one that gives meaning to words you put on paper. Rhetoric is all around us today. Billboard ads, television commercials, newspaper ads,news stories, they all try to some degree sway our opinion or convince us to take some sort of action. Rhetoric in all actuality, shapes our lives. Everyday we have an array of options to do whether it be shopping or starting a community. Genre is a type of art characterized by a specific form, content, and style. For example, literature has many types of genres but the main ones are fiction,non-fiction and poetry. All of these genres have particular features and functions that distinguish them from one another. Theses are all useful concepts that can be used in a day to day life.

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