There are many communities in our world that allow people who share specific interests to join together. One example of this D23. D23 is the official Disney fan club, where hard core Disney fanatics join together and share their love of all things Disney. In the article, “Meet The World's Most Intense Disney Fans,” the overall argument being made is that D23 serves as a community, both online and in real life, for fans to further expand and share their Disney love. The author reveals that the biennial exposition event, the D23 Expo, serves as a place for hard core fans to come together and join in mass Disney celebration. The purpose of this profile is to inform the audience of the immense following that Disney has through D23 and show how it has created a huge community that brings dedicated Disney fans together. The conclusion the author is making is that D23, and the D23 Expo in particular, is a place where super fans of Disney can come together and share their Disney love with others in a place that embraces Disney obsession.
The author, Jordan Zakarin, makes this arguments by mentioning specific aspects of D23, the D23 Expo, and how fans feel about their involvement in the fan club. The author states that, “D23 is designated the official fan celebration, a call to all the truly passionate believers to make a pilgrimage and unite with their mouse-eared brethren...Yes, fans pay around $50 a day to attend, but Disney is celebrating them, so to be there means access to a special club” (BuzzFeed.com). In addition, the author shows how popular the D23 Expo is among fans and how it brings fans together, by showing multiple images of fans dressed up in Disney costumes, taking pictures with one another and with the characters. By stating these facts about the fan club event and how fans participate in it, it reveals that the D23 Expo is indeed a place that brings fans together and allows them to share memorable experiences with one another.
In this profile the author discusses all three frames of person, place, and activity. He reveals that the people who make up the community of D23 are Disney fanatics. He shows us this when he mentions specific facts about those involved in the community, “The people who attend are all regulars, with season passes to the parks and plenty of Disney cruises under their belts” (BuzzFeed.com). He also proves this by using quotes from actual members to show their Disney obsession, such as, “‘I’ve been to Disney World at least once a year since I was a child, and use the local library to feed my obsession. And of course, now I'm living 20 minutes from Disneyland, which is even better’” (Buzzfeed.com). The author displays that the place where the fans are able to gather and share their enjoyment of all things Disney is the D23 Expo. In addition, the activity in this community is the members sharing their love of Disney and their involvement with one another at the D23 expo and at the parks.The author proves this by mentioning a quote from an attendee of the D23 Expo, “Traci — dressed as her trademark Ariel — takes pictures with eager expo attendees. And elsewhere in the vast showroom, former Snow Queen Cassie poses as Tinkerbell in her own unplanned meet-and-greet” (Buzzfeed). The author also mentions that, “Friends meet online through Disney fan sites, then become best friends IRL, and cement their bond on Splash Mountain” (Buzzfeed). As the author points out specific facts about D23, mentions quotes from D23 members, and shows us images of members at the D23 expo, the audience is shown the purpose the author had for profiling this community and the conclusion they are making.
This profile was written to show readers that there are indeed many people who share similar interests, in this case Disney, who are able to come together to express and devote their passion within a giant community of individuals. This community exists in order to let passionate Disney fans have a place to express their love and further develop their passion, while meeting others with similar interests. We should read about this community because it shows that common interests can bring people together and create events, such as the D23 Expo, which creates a real life event for people of online communities to meet in person and experience an unforgettable occasion.
The Wikipedia page for Disneyland features an abundance of information that can be useful to anyone interested in learning more about this magical place. This Wikipedia page uses many different conventions to build its credibility and reliance.
In general, the purpose of Wikipedia is to inform its audience on certain topics and offer general knowledge on a subject in an accessible and easy to navigate format. The Wikipedia page for Disneyland serves the purpose of informing its readers of all things related to Disneyland. It offers information regarding the park itself, the different lands it features, tickets, and information regarding the history and creation of the park. The audience is anyone interested in visiting the park, learning more about what the park has to offer, or interested in the history. I know this is the audience because of the wide variety of information that the article presents.
This Wikipedia page emphasizes rhetorical appeals and builds its credibility by including a plentiful amount of information related to the different subtopics related to Disneyland. The detailed facts on this page appeal to logos and are cited with a list of reliable references at the bottom of the page. An example from the text showing its appeal to logos with specific references and facts is when it mentions, “Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year.” This statement presented reveals specific information about Disneyland that the general audience would not have known before reading, which adds to the reliability of the article. This article also features the use of tables and graphs, another appeal to logos, to display how the price of admission has changed every year from 1981 to 2018. The fact that this Wikipedia page shows its viewers the specific price every year for such a wide range of years, including the most recent price in 2018, adds to the credibility of the page, by proving how knowledgeable the writers and editors of this page are. This page also includes pictures with detailed captions, further showing how knowledgeable the authors of this page are. For example, the picture of the Haunted Mansion has the caption, “The Haunted Mansion's antebellum architecture is styled as a Southern plantation home.” This caption mentions detailed information that is not commonly known to the public, therefore adding to the credibility of the authors and the page. This caption also features a hyperlink, linking to another Wikipedia page where the reader can learn more information regarding the architecture of the building, thereby adding to the reliability of the article. The use of images also appeals to pathos. These images, of both historic and current Disneyland, draw in the reader and entice the audience to learn more about the image and the information related to that picture.
Overall, this page is effective in establishing credibility and offers a reliable source for information about Disneyland. I feel that this Wikipedia page does accomplish its purpose of informing its audience about Disneyland and sub topics related to Disneyland, such as the history and the different locations within the park. This page is credible, as it offers an abundance of information that the public doesn’t commonly know, and it presents specific facts that offer in depth analysis of the subtopics related to Disneyland, such as the first opening day and the history of the park’s creation. Due to the fact that there are so many different topics addressed in this page all related to Disneyland, and the fact that they all offer a variety of information with specific references to other articles and sources, proves the reliability of this Wikipedia page.
Natalie Portman is an influential women who is using her one and only social media platform in an inspiring way. She has chosen to utilize her popularity to spread awareness and gain followers to join her against sexual harassment in the workplace. Portman is specifically spreading awareness for the “Time’s Up” movement, which is working to end sexual harassment and abuse in all industries. The intended audience is everyone, but specifically she is focused on making those who are unaware of the movement knowledgeable about the unfair acts regarding sexual harassment that are currently taking place in many industries. She is aiming to educate and inspire people to join the “Time's Up” movement, whether they have knowledge on the initiative or not. The kind of text that she uses to convey this message is her instagram account. She posts images regarding the “Time’s Up” movement and images to empower women.
Natalie Portman is presenting herself to be an advocate and educator on the topic of sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace. She does this by choosing to post images that are informative and interesting on this topic. The images she posts display her advocacy for the “Time’s Up” movement and offer the reader/audience more information on the initiative. This image that Portman posted offers a link to a fund that allows the viewer to join the “Time’s Up” movement that she is supporting. Portman further displays her purpose to inform and encourage the empowerment of women by posting photos that are not just about her, but that showcase women's rights as well. She posted a photo of herself and another women filmmaker and conveyed her support for women in male dominated industries by commenting on the photo, “Directing my first feature, A Tale of Love and Darkness, in Jerusalem with my fierce first AD, Shir Shoshani #femalefilmmakerfriday (Portman).” Her use of the “femalefilmakerfriday” hashtag raises awareness to the sensitive topic of women being able to hold powerful positions and roles. I believe that Portman chooses to only post images with meaning in order to present herself in a mature way, showcasing that she truly is serious about being an advocate and activist for equal treatment of people in the workforce. Portman appeals to logos, pathos, and ethos in her posts to help gain support for the “Time’s Up” movement. She utilizes logos and pathos by posting photos with facts about sexual harassment and inequality in industries, such as the image she posted about why she wore black to the Golden Globes. Posts like this help her audience gain knowledge on the “Time’s Up” movement, and touch her audience’s emotions by stating facts about a sensitive topic. Personally, many of Portman’s posts, such as one with an influential quote, did make me feel emotional about the issue of sexual harassment and encouraged me to want to help raise awareness about this issue. In addition, Portman displays herself as a credible source about the topic of sexual harassment and inequality in the workforce by posting a video of herself giving a speech at the Women’s March of 2018. By utilizing these techniques she further reveals herself as a supporter and reliable educator on the topic of the “Time’s Up” movement and inequality in industries.
I believe that Natalie Portman’s use of her instagram account is a revolutionary way to raise awareness for a global issue. Since a vast majority of the world has an instagram account and is always up to date with social media, Portman’s use of her account as a way to share information and gain support for the “Time’s Up” initiative is a genius way to educate the public and present herself as a credible advocate for such a powerful movement.