Reading Notes: A New Spinuzzi on Genre

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Summary This is a book about operationalizing understandings of genre. Spinuzzi is interested in practical, user-friendly applications of genre theory and activity theory in professional contexts. He introduces genre tracing as a methodology “for studying these ephemeral, invisible, ubiquitous innovations” (p. x) — workplace innovations, practical solutions to work-a-day problems that arise in an organization….
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Reading Notes: Miller, Bazerman & Popham walk into this blog…

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I appreciate the opportunity this week to reengage with Miller’s work on genre in “Genre as Social Action” and then to see those ideas carried forward into “Rhetorical Community: The Cultural Basis of Genre.” I encountered Miller last semester in an historical review of EDNA-based textbooks in composition studies. Miller’s ideas on the social aspects…
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Reading Notes: Foucault Parts III-V


I reached nearly 3,000 words in my notes on these sections of The Archaeology of Knowledge, so what you’re reading here represents a summary of my reading notes. I kept trying to use my notes as a way to write myself into understanding the reading; although I ended up quoting lines from the text (turns…
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Reading Notes: Foucault Parts I and II

Summary Part I The major idea introduced in Part I is that discourse must be considered in its relationship to other discourses and other aspects of discourse. Its defined characteristics should be determined in its relationship to its context and content, and to other discourses, in the same genre as well as to other discourse…
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Notes on How Stuff Works: Social Networks

Looking Before Facebook Facebook has become the quintessential online social network, but it has not always been so, nor was it the first of the online social networks. Online social networks emerged as the earliest forms of the Internet, like dial-up bulletin-board systems (BBS) (Grabianowski, 2009). These early tools were designed to connect people with…
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