This is an excerpt from a piece of writing that is a response to an article by Patricia Bizzell, "‘Contact Zones’ and English Studies" (1994). I recognize the learning potential of contact zones in English classrooms but also take note the problems of implementation.
Contact zones are social spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths as they are lived out in many parts of the world today”
-Mary Louise Pratt, “Arts of the Contact Zone” (1991)
Here is an excerpt from an assignment I wrote for my Intro to Writing Studies class. It is written in response to a reading from the book "Naming What We Know" and a threshold concept about how writing address, invokes, and creates audiences.
“It’s performer and audience melded together. What do we want more than to lie in our bed at the end of the day and just watch our life as a satisfied audience member.”
Bo Burnham, Make Happy (2016)
It is a bit nauseating to follow all these [online] threads after while and it is why writing on the internet has become a complicated thing to unravel. Sometimes it is impossible to distinguish author, text, and audience because these are not exclusive categories. The bigger question seems to become if the relationship between writer and audience is more blurred than ever does it change the dynamic of meaning making?
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