Sunday, November 24, 2013

Meta-who?

Meta-What now ? Metacommentary looks like a scary word because of all the letters, but it's not that bad. It's basically a commentary on your main idea. For example: Twerking has become the latest dance craze amongst young girls. 
The movements of the dance is provocative and inappropriate for little girls. My main idea was about twerking. In the next sentence I tried to persuade my readers to think that twerking was bad. Metacommentary is useful when trying to elaborate on the main idea. It gives the author a chance to elaborate and clarify the main idea of the writing.
     "The Word "nigga" is only for slaves and sambos: There's a hellava price to be paid when the word "nigga" is used as a term of affection" ,written by Rob Nelson, is about the use of the word by blacks. The title itself is an example of metacommentary. The first part of the title implies that the article will be about the use of the n-word. The second part tells the readers that the use of the word as a term of endearment will be talked about in the article. Metacommentary in the title is beneficial because it gives prospective readers an idea of what your essay would be about. Another use of metacommentary in this article is when Nelson says "  no other word in the English language has remained so racially  explosive. There's just something about those two little syllables strung together that, for most blacks, evokes anger". The  first sentence talks about the racial epithet. The second sentence reinforces the first sentence.
       I had to read the article a couple of times to identify what the metacommentary was. Through out his essay, Ron Nelson was against the use of the n-word, even as a word of endearment. His metacommentary showed it. Most of it was.... Metacommentary is a powerful tool. It shapes how the reader feel about the topic being read. 





     

2 comments:

  1. Good stuff, though! Reading for metacommentary is definitely hard, because if it's done well, it's hard to see :-)

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