The Discourse Of A Discourse Community

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A discourse community is defined as a group of people involved in and communicating about a particular topic, issue, or in a particular field. We all belong to multiple discourse communities.To earn a position of a discourse community one must possess accurate knowledge, establish reliability of members to be accepted and learn to persuade other members of the community. The discourse community that I identify with personally and the profession I plan to pursue is the world of film production. However, there are many jobs that need to be done on a film set leading to there being multiple discourse communities within the film industry, what I want to focus on specifically is the DP, otherwise known as the “director of photography”. According to “The Concept of Discourse Community,” by educator and researcher John Swales, a discourse community is defined by six characteristics.
The first, and probably most important, characteristic of a discourse community is the idea that each discourse community has an agreed set of common public goals. The goal of every filmmaker is to tell an exciting or interesting story that would make the audience think. The director of photography uses the camera as a mirror. That mirror reflects our lives, our feelings, our thoughts and points of view. Cinematographers create and interpret processes to make an original work of art rather than simply setting up a camera and recording whatever is in front of it. If this were war, the DP is like the…

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