Essay on Academic vs Mainstream Writing

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There are many differences between articles written for scholars and articles written for popular audiences. According to Anne Johns, the author of “Discourse Communities and Communities of Practice,” there are ten conventions or moves that exist only in academic prose and when violated, author is seen as an outsider of the discourse community. John Swales (“Create a Research Space” (CARS) Model Research Introductions) and Ken Hyland also talk about writing and the similarities between all academic writing in “Create a Research Space” (CARS) Model Research Instructions and “Disciplinary Courses”. Based on research by Swales, Hyland, and Johns on academic writing, and research by Jeanne Fahnestock, Charles Sullivan and Cameron M. Smith on …show more content…

(1b) CNN
“Koreans use the term “hallyu” to describe the phenomenon. It refers to the “Korean Wave” of entertainment that has swept across the shores of almost every single country in the region, even increasingly beyond” (Farrar 1).
The passages above are saying essentially the same thing, however, the one published by CNN is not as detailed as the scholarly one, and it only gives enough information for readers to know what the Korean Wave is. Also, in academic articles there are no pictures because unlike popular writers, scholars do not rely on pictures as a medium of capturing their readers’ attention or interest them in reading the article.
The Structure of Mainstream Articles Mainstream articles tend to be 1-3 pages long, but page length is not the only difference from academic articles. Headlines are also a big aspect in popular as it is one of the mediums used to get people to read the article, even though at times the headline may not always be related to the content of the article. In popular articles you will see pictures and for online magazines you also see advertisements for different products, this is because unlike scholars, mainstream writers depend

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