Facebook discourse community
Adiscourse community refers to a group of people sharing specificlanguage-using practices. A discourse community can be defined usingagreed common goals, communication mechanisms, and specializedlanguage. In this paper, I will analyze Facebook as the onlinediscourse community in which I belong. Facebook provides anenvironment that is convenient for development of a discoursecommunity with its various mechanisms of participation.
Facebookis an online forum that connects million of users globally. Anyonecan sign up for an account by filling basic information such as name,gender, email address and date of birth for starters. Subsequently,an individual with a Facebook account can add friends, and this willallow him/her to see their status updates and pictures as well as canmake comments. Members of Facebook can interact at any time virtuallyas often as possible. Using Facebook, one can connect with oldfriends and make new friends as well. Facebook users converse abouttheir daily lives, activities, dreams, and interests. Facebookmembers use similar discourses when interacting. The group uses itsforum to give information and feedback using specific texts andsymbols.
Facebookis a forum for discussion and accessible to all members anytimethrough the internet. As a participant, I think overall, Facebook hasmade the globe more open and connected. This social network is freeand fun, and there is no formal way of writing required. Nonformallanguage can be used, and everyone is expected to be polite andrespect other people’s privacy. Facebook users may address eachother by their nickname, and there is no time limit. The purpose ofFacebook is to make social interactions by sharing news, ideas andother media content. In addition, Facebook allows individuals toconnect with public figures as well as other businesses they may beinterested in. Although every Facebook member is free to share andinteract, there are rule involved for safety purposes. A newcomer issupposed to read and agree to the rules after signing up for anaccount. As a matter of fact, Facebook authority can take off contentor violates the law and other people’s right (Wittkower, 2010).
Discoursecommunities vary in the way they commit to their work or adhere todiscourse conventions. The seeks toaccomplish a certain public goal that involves sharing specificinterests such as news, ideas, I have learnt that the Facebookcommunity uses this platform to ask for advice, solicit feedback andinvite others to meetings. Facebook communication adopts an informalstyle that is characterized by specific text, abbreviations, andemoticons. With technology advancement, discourse communities havebroadened significantly in the last decade. Communication now takesvarious forms, and most people have formed different types of groupsthat thrive virtually (Weisser, 2002).
Onthe other hand, language has its many uses and functions thatinclude, communicating certain content such as news, ideas, andevents. Secondly, language can be used to evoke certain feelings orvent some feelings. Lastly, language can be used to give directionsor make someone perform a particular action.
Inconclusion, belonging to a discourse community entails sharing ofspecific interests and acting in a discoursal way. Most undergraduatestudents use Facebook as a way to manage their social lives and stayin touch with their friends and relatives. The way topics are sharedand discussed reflects members of a specific discourse community.
Weisser,C. R. (2002). Movingbeyond academic discourse: Composition studies and the public sphere.Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.
Wittkower,D. E. (2010). Facebookand philosophy: What`s on your mind?.Chicago: Open Court.