23 MAR: What is Even Going On?

Five Things I Did This Weekend:

1. I went to a classroom to observe it and obtained a four-leaf clover from one of the students (my weekends start on Friday, since I don’t have any Friday classes).

2. I slept a lot.

3. I watched the five episodes that I missed of my favorite show.

4. I ate a lot of //HOMEMADE// food. It was fantastic.

5. I also went shopping.

I think #1 counts as academic, since it was an observation for my class. I think #2-#5 count as non-academic or just basic weekend stuff. Maybe miscellaneous. Maybe personal? I think all five count as fun! I think I definitely had more stuff under personal or misc, because even though I think everything was fun, I only did one thing that was related to school.

Intertextuality – kind of like allusions

Did we have any intertextuality in our inquiry projects? I honestly do not even know. Probably. Maybe. Could we improve? I think so, since we’re not even sure if we have it in the first place. I’m still not sure what genre means, so… I am honestly still lost.

God, I wish I could say I understand what is going on, but I honestly don’t. I thought the Shia LaBeouf video was funny, but I didn’t really understand its correlation to genre and to writing. I mean, sorry, but I have no idea what’s going on.

Actually, now I’m really worried for our web text contribution, because it seems like everyone else understands what’s going on so much better than me.

11 MAR: Think of the Children!

Globalization Web Text Contribution Notes

I think I am really feeling the idea of a digital magazine. For our project, I think a website or magazine would fit the best. I mean, it’s something FOR children, so books and journals are kind of boring and don’t fit it. Even if it’s something read by adults, it should still fit with the idea of children, so it should have lots of color and pictures and be in formats that are easier to understand across the age groups.

Magazine:

  • Table of contents
  • Ads
  • Not every page has a page number
  • Lots of pictures
  • Words in different sizes

Multimedia Note:

  • Create your own work! Don’t just use Google or Youtube or w/e you find online. Take a picture of something. Make your own graphs. Etc.

Genre is like Calculus: Complicated and Makes You Want to Cry

The idea of genres extending beyond just literature; that much, I definitely understood. Genres are not “forms” either. Genres are not fixed (which is what makes them dynamic, a point Dean later brought up). Genres cannot be classified precisely. I understood all that, but what bothers me is that I don’t exactly know what a genre is either. I mean, I know what it’s not, and I know what genres can be, but what exactly it is…well, that’s not really explained. Although Dean does say, “It is difficult to define to define genres precisely,” and then goes on to talk about the characterizations of genre (rhetorical, historical, etc.), and she does say, “Gunther Kress defines them by their process of development: ‘In any society there are regularly recurring situations in which a number of people interact to perform or carry out certain tasks. Where these are accompanied by language of whatever kind, the regularity of the situation will give rise to regularities in the texts.which.are produced in that situation’,” but I don’t think that really explains it either. Maybe it’s the diction, the word choice—it’s confusing and repetitive, and though she is quoting someone else, I didn’t see her try to define “genres” in her own terms, which made it confusing. Well, she does redefine it, but I think it was an explanation that was lacking, as what Gunther’s.

I truly believe that is the one thing I didn’t understand about this post. Everything else made sense, perhaps because everything else was reworded and explained in simpler terms, such as when explain why genres can be rhetorical: “The element of strategic choice, of being able to consider the situation, purpose, timing, audience, culture, and available options when using a genre is what makes genres rhetorical.” She clearly points out that information, and it’s not a direct quote. So, while I understand what genres are not (or at least, such as with literary texts, that genres are not only that), I don’t really understand where Dean is going when she tries to elaborate on what genre is. She does say, as mentioned earlier, “It is difficult to define genres precisely,” but maybe it was just me, but I didn’t see her define genre well, at least not in a way that was easily understandable by the public. She constantly calls them messy and complex, and I guess maybe that’s why there isn’t a single, discernable definition of what genre is. It is also said, “Paré and Smart separate out the functions Bawarshi mentions and describe genre as having ‘’a distinctive profile of regularities across four dimensions’. These dimensions include (1) the texts themselves, (2) the processes used to compose the texts, (3) the practices readers use to understand the texts, and. (4) ‘the social roles’ the texts and practices establish.” And I think this makes it a little easier to know what is happening throughout the entire text, but I still don’t know what exactly a genre is.

Reading the text multiple times, I did catch where it says, “So they [genres] are texts developed in and responding to recurring situations”, which cleared up some of my confusion (only some), but then I guess the question is…what is a recurring situation? I think that’s the missing part of the puzzle. A genre is not just literary text, but texts that are made in and answer to those recurring situations, so what situations? Any situation? Specific situations? Can something be a genre in one discourse community and not a genre in another because the situation is not relevant to that discourse? Does it have to specifically be text? Can it just be conversation? Does a genre have to be written? Or is genre only specific to a writing discourse community? I think that, if maybe she had tried to think about the definition from all angles, it might’ve been easier to understand, but overall, she did do a good job presenting the information and explaining it in a way that could be more easily understood, and I definitely understood the characteristics and other things like that. I think she might’ve benefited from using simpler language, or using examples outside of just the characteristics of genre, because if a genre has all of these characteristics, than an example should be provided of a genre with all of the characteristics included.

CONTRIBUTION: The Globalized Children of Tomorrow

The globalization of English is a topic that had been researched and researched so many times that bringing something new to the table is a mission that is practically impossible. All angles that come immediately to mind with this topic seem to have already been covered. Research shows that the globalization of English has both positive and negative effects. Economically, it helps expand economic possibilities of all countries and gets them involved with the world trade, but it also limits the local economies as small businesses fail. It brings cultural awareness to different parts of the world, but it also results in severe xenophobia, forced assimilation, and a loss of culture. Students benefit from learning multiple languages, but local languages face endangerment. Information like this is readily available.

However, globalization, and the globalization of English, is not a topic that is often explained to crowds such as elementary school children, and if it is taught, it’s always a watered down version that only focuses on the positive. Problems such as language endangerment and loss of culture are only occasionally known by the children of immigrant parents, but concepts like globalized economics are rarely discussed with children at all, unless to encourage them to learn English to better their economic prospects. By compiling our research, our contribution will be clarifying the ways to teach young children about all sides of the globalization of English, so, in turn, we can create a more understanding path for the ones who will face an even more globalized world than the one we’re currently experiencing.

18 Feb: Who is the Fairest of Them All?

I think that if the Evil Queen had reflected on her choices, she might have seen that it wasn’t Snow’s fault that she was the fairest and not the Evil Queen. Also, y’know, not being Evil might’ve helped too.

I took notes on the Intro to Reflection:

Identify

What are your significant moments?

  • Are we supposed to be writing vignettes?
  • How many are we supposed to write?
  • What feelings am I supposed to be recalling?

Reflect

Analyze those significant moments. Why did it happen that way?

  • How will this get done?

Identify

What did you learn from this overall experience?

  • How will this get done?

 

I think that the hardest part about this is finding a significant writing moment, at least one recently. I am constantly writing, and I don’t know. I can’t think of anything significant but recent.

ATTENTION: Calling for Globalized Breadcrumbs, please.

Call For Papers: Carceral States

This one is about incarceration and it’s specific to indigenous and Asian people, which I think is interesting, even if I haven’t covered much on Asian (and briefly touched on indigenous populations).

“In this special issue of Amerasia Journal, we call for papers and dialogues that examine the convergence of indigenous communities and Asian communities in the Americas as subjects of the carceral state, subject to nation-state attempts to refashion them into proper liberal and economic subjects through assimilation, dispossession, militarization, and relocation.”

Historically, this made me think of the forced assimilation that many Native American experienced at the hands of white settlers and white American citizens. Also, it made me think of the relocation camps during WWII for Japanese citizens. I think this could be my way in because while I didn’t do a lot of research on either group, I do have a lot of U.S. history knowledge to bring mixed in with current research on globalization and culture.

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Call For Papers on “Representation of Minorities: Perspectives and Challenges”

For this call, it asks for papers for a workshop, so it actually had more information on the workshop than on the actual papers.

“While the question of how democracy can represent diversity (or fails to do so) is pressing both in academia and in public discourse, there has been so far little interchange between researchers who study this issue.”

I think this is one of those “there has been a lot of x, but we have yet to…” statements, and it’s definitely one I’ve considered before. I have heard it discussed a lot with my friends and family, so I find it interesting that a lot of research hasn’t gone to it.

“The aim of this Workshop is to discuss new approaches to the study of minority representation, especially turning the attention from who represents minorities to how minority representation takes place.”

I think this is definitely something I can provide research for, not just because of my research but also because of my experience as a minority, as well as the experiences of a lot of people I know (since usually, minorities tend to know a lot of other minorities. Usually.). Most of my research consists of culture and globalization, and a lot of the things I was looking for in the beginning was specifically from those minority immigrants, which I think is also something that can be added to the discussion: not only how are minorities represented, but what about minority immigrants?

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 Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Individualism and Identity in the Globalized Digital Age

While looking at this one, I decided to write out some things I found interesting or that coincided with my own opinions on globalization.

“Countries at the receiving end of the effect of globalization point to globalization as culpable in linguistic imperialism and the promotion of cultural conflicts.”

“Globalization fuels the need to reexamine all that have heretofore remained locally moored in terms of education, personhood, wellness, age, and employment.”

I think this quote, found in the introduction, could be my way in. My research is mostly about the effects that globalization has on culture, but culture is connected to identity or personhood. I also briefly touch on employment and education.

“Intercultural communication has come into prominence in the worldwide deportment of globalization.”

I found what this person or organization was looking for here: “The book is intended to illustrate precisely what is needed for individuals to ably participate in the current milieu of globalization. Proposed subjects include adult education; wellness; information management and technology; biomedical ethics; intercultural communication, and globalization.”

I thought the most interesting term of these was “biomedical ethics”, as I had never heard of it. A quick Google Search led me to the idea that it was also known as “medical ethics”, which involves bioethics (study of typically controversial ethical issues brought on by advances in biology and medicine, i.e. abortion) concerning the practice of medicine. It’s not something I’ve covered, but I think it is definitely a very good topic to delve into when concerning globalization.

11 Feb: It’s a Small World

Surprisingly, I have no connection to the UNCC library website, at least not while on the academic side of campus. However, I do have the luck that I’ve used the UNCC library website before for another inquiry project in my education class (on females in STEM, which I think was another student’s inquiry proposal). I used my phone to connect to the library. The struggle is real. I’ve also experienced both TED Talks and NPR, also for my education classes.

The inquiry log number 2 was pretty intense to do because it had us really look at articles and break them down. Inquiry log 3 is much easier because it involves looking at research in a way I’ve gotten used to (see paragraph above), and I’ve found that I actually enjoy posting a lot of questions. I think the way I’m going with is zeroing in on the xenophobia because my focus has really been on the effects on immigrants themselves as opposed to the “natives” of those countries that the immigrants are moving to, especially when those opinions are very negative. I think I could definitely look at the psychology of racism.

I’m still pretty flabbergasted at the article on Islamophobia, and with the recent deaths of the three Muslim students from Chapel Hill, I think it’s very fitting. I don’t even know why I didn’t consider the racism and prejudice directed towards immigrants considering how much I am involved in things like that, but I think it will definitely be good to look into it for my project.