Saturday, February 21, 2009

Developing Work 2b

When we begin talking about African American Vernacular English and how it is used in many different concepts it can become quite interesting. I never really paid attention to how individuals write on different websites that contain blogs. Now that I am in an Ebonics writing class these things are being acknowledge to my understandings of how writing is used. In the last blog I chose from the three different kinds of blog postage's: personal, popular culture, and an academic website. I then analyzed one of the blogs. After that task was completed I had to move on to something that would tell more about AAVE being used on blogs. I will begin by comparing how AAVE is similiar and different on the website and in the reading passage “E-Racing difference in E-Space: Black female subjectivityAnd the Web-based portfolio,” by Stephen Knadler.

In the reading by Stephen Knadler he writes about how his students are creating a communication website to express their thoughts in the way they are feeling about different writings that are given. "African-American students at Spelman College re-appropriated the
Web-based portfolio as a place to express more freely their racial and gender identities..." (Knadler 4). The way his African American students writes is very similiar in the way they use AAVE in different locations such as at home, school, and talking amongst their friends. Under one circumstances they make sure they don't use any kinds of writings that will offend another and make sure they are aware of others reading their profolios. Also, on individuals have profolios, because some keep updates on their every day lives.

The way the students write at the college is very similiar and different compared to the African American women writers on In one way that they are similiar is that the students that attend Spelman have to make sure what they write about, because free writing isn't allowed on any digital space. "They know that there is no such thing as “free-writing” online because everything that they write has implications for how they are perceived as racial subjects (Knadler)". When one is writing on blackplanet they write what they want, but there is a standing ground. Another way in which they both are similiar is that they both represent themselves with an image. The images on the blackplanet are mainly human photos. These photos describe what features the blog poster have. An image can say alot about a person and their personalities that they have within themselves. In the reading passage the students use a variety of images that explains who they are; some use animals others and other images of them and their boyfriend. "Her Web page both explores analternative female identity—one that can be as assertive, powerful, and as sexually free as a gangsta rapper" (Knalder)...

Not only are both of the reading have things in common, but they are also different. On there is a young male's blog by the name of "PhiliBlurz" that contain lots of AAVE writing. He writes on his main page " dis ya nigga Phili word up datz MeIf u intersted in talkn 2 me get at me feel me i ain't no fake niggaya diggggOO I hate stuntn Girls! NO STUNTN GIRLS allowed 2 talk 2 me lol"-(PhiliBlurz). In my opinion, this is a great example of rhetorical features, because he tries to convince people about who he really is within himself. In his blog writings he abbreviates everything and isn't really descriptive within his writings. He gets sraight to the point and moves on with another topic. In Knalder's writing one of his students writes about her experiences within an all African American collge, Spelman Collge. " I spent the last three years of my life in this microcosm of intellectually advanced teens. It was pure hell! I left the comfort of my family and friends at such an early age and catapulted into a high stress environment with little support..."-(Tiffany). When Tiffany is writing she explains herself by being very detailed within the subject she has choosen. She don't use any slang in her writing and standard english is visible. After viewing the two different readings on and
"E-Racing difference in E-Space: Black female subjectivityand the Web-based portfolio", by Stephen Knadler there were similar and different kinds of AAVE that was used within the two. The blog writers and students shared some interests and others had opposing views when it came to writing...


  1. Can you talk a bit more specifically about the types of AAVE features used by Knadler's students and how they're similar to/different from the ones you found on your websites?

  2. I added another paragraph...If this isn't what you are looking for...Ms.Staci, I am so confused