Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 07/03/2007

An experiment in writing styles

Assessment project for Multimedia Communications Level M, requires me to review six books or articles and place them on the blogsite created in class. 


As part of my learning, I decided to investigate how one should write these reviews.

I am not, have no desire to be, ever will be or even going to be reincarnated as an academic.

“Academia[1] is a collective term for the scientific and cultural community engaged in higher education and peer-reviewed research, taken as a whole.The word comes from the akademeia just outside ancient Athens, where the gymnasium was made famous by Plato as a center of learning. The sacred space, dedicated to the goddess of wisdom, Athene, had formerly been an olive grove, hence the expression “the groves of Academe”.”

I am however one who totally and absolutely is dedicated to grasping knowledge anyway I can and therefore am in “the groves of Academe”.

Peer review

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[2]

A reviewer at the National Institutes of Health evaluates a grant proposal.Peer review (known as refereeing in some academic fields) is a process of subjecting an author’s scholarly work or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the field. It is used primarily by editors to select and to screen submitted manuscripts, and by funding agencies, to decide the awarding of grants. The peer review process aims to make authors meet the standards of their discipline, and of science in general. Publications and awards that have not undergone peer review are likely to be regarded with suspicion by scholars and professionals in many fields. Even refereed journals, however, can contain errors.Ethos, Pathos and Logos in Persuasive Writing[3]By appealing to their credibility, writers can make their claims more believable. This is called an appeal to ethos, as defined by Aristotle. The writer builds on his or her ethos by writing with clarity (an important element of style) and eliminating contradictions within the text itself. The writer will be more credible to the target audience if there are no internal errors in syntax and mechanics as well as no factual errors in the subject matter.The writer will also appeal to logic when writing to persuade. This appeal is known as logos. This appeal is manifested in the supporting statements for the writer’s claim. In most cases, a successful appeal to logos requires tangible evidence, e.g. a quote from acknowledged written material. The writer will appeal to the rationality of the audience.Finally, and possibly most importantly for persuasive writers, is the appeal to emotions or pathos. “A successful pathetic appeal will put the audience in a suitable mood by addressing their knowledge of or feelings about the subject” (Mendelson). This can be a very effective way to win over an audience.Most persuasive writing techniques use an effective combination of all three appeals.  How to Write Effective Text [4]by Daniel Will-Harris Happiness. Love. Comfort. And sex. When you boil life down to its essence, these are the four things that every person (and animal) on this planet wants.That’s why it doesn’t matter how dazzling your Web site looks if you don’t have good, clear copy that appeals to your readers’ basic desires—and is easy to read. 

Thank you Mr Will-Harris, this is just brilliant, I could see that he had a message nice, clear and simple.

I therefore wondered if I could attempt to write a review of the same book: dispatches from blogistan  by Suzanne Stefanac,

But devoid of personal emotion or anecdote.  How would it read?  Would it appeal to me and other readers?

That is my goal for this week.


[1] Both photo and text is copied here from Wikipedia and the complete text in context should be read to give a better understanding of the meaning for this discourse.


Both photo and text is copied here from Wikipedia and the complete text in context should be read to give a better understanding of the meaning for this discourse.



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