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Writing as a Social Act

Writing is an act that can be seen as individual or collective. While many people might think of writing as something solitary, Palmquist claims that “most of our writing… is an intensely social activity”. I agree with the author on this opinion as I see communication, whichever form it can acquire, as a conversation between a sender of information (a writer in case of writing) and a receiver (a reader).

Considering writing as a conversation is especially important for academics. In the sphere where information and facts are of particular significance, it is vital to establish this dialogue as effectively as possible. The first principle that ensures this effectiveness is accountability, since “accountability is a key concept in writing” (Palmquist). Moreover, the writer should be knowledgeable about the material they engage their readers with. In my opinion, it is particularly important in the modern age of fake news and fake researches aimed to manipulate the publicity.

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Furthermore, the material should be relevant and valuable for its readers. To do this, it is crucial to consider the writer’s possible conversationalists and possible shared contexts between the writer and their readers. It is also necessary to acknowledge factors that influence writers: values, interests, knowledge, limitations – and try to adapt as much as possible to the reader while also channeling the intended information.

We, as classmates, might believe that it is arguable to presume our physical, social, or cultural contexts as shared, because of individual differences between each of us. All of us have different backgrounds and surroundings, upbringing and experience, beliefs, and opportunities. Therefore, to make meaning and create knowledge, it is vital to consider these differences while engaging in conversations – whether oral or written.

Work Cited

Palmquist, Mike. “Understanding Writing Situations.” The WAC Clearinghouse, Web.

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