September 9, 2012
Ong's "The Writer's Audience is always a Fiction"
In Ong's "The Writer's Audience is Always a Fiction" he discusses how a writer does not write for an audience but more specifically they write for the readers. I understand where he is coming from because we, as a whole, more readily associate an audience with something that is happening with the here and now or verbal communication. On the other hand though I think you have to consider when rhetorical discourse is in the here and now. But in terms of readers I am not sure that I truly understand Ong's reasoning behind creating your own audience or fictionalizing them. In regards to his example about writing like Mark Twain and creating a fictionalized audience so that his potential reader understands his text. What does that have to do with the creation of a writing? How does someone just fictionalize an audience? Furthermore, how is it that the reader fictionalizes themselves? I understand the idea of reading an article or book and imagining it happen in your mind but personally I do not relate this to the "game of literacy" and "conforming (myself) to the projections" because when I read as the audience I still relate myself to real life.