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  1. Sep 2016
    1. McDonalds has hard seats - to keep you moving.

      Interesting example, I never thought about this.

    2. For instance, children who have acquired a first language through immersion in the practices of their communities do not thereby, in virtue of that fact, become good linguists.

      On the other side, good linguists do not always acquire another language.

    3. Design

      Why is the word "Design" capitalized?

    4. Through critical framing, learners can gain the necessary personal and theoretical distance from what they have learned, constructively critique it, account for its cultural location, creatively extend and apply it, and eventually innovate on their own, within old communities and in new ones.

      This sounds like what colleges try to do. You find out that a lot of the stuff you learned in high school was kind of an oversimplification or just scratching the surface of what was going on. I feel like this applies to pretty much every subject, from math to literature

    5. The word "community" is often used to describe the differences that are now so critical - the Italian-American community, the gay community, the business community, and so on - as if each of these communities had neat boundaries.

      I agree with this completely. I feel like most people belong to multiple types of "communities" and thinking they are all separate from each other is an untrue and arbitrary distinction.

    6. The decline of the old, monocultural, nationalistic sense of "civic" has a space vacated that must be filled again. We propose that this space be claimed by a civic pluralism. Instead of states that require one cultural and linguistic standard, we need states that arbitrate differences

      I like the idea of embracing the diversity of language but I just wonder if they are ignoring some benefits to having one standard type of dialect taught in school.Just one that I could think of is that more people could probably understand each other because everyone was raised learning that dialect. I feel like a country needs a standard language dialect in some ways. Not in oral language maybe, but definitely in written.

    7. we are designers of social futures - workplace futures, public futures, and community futures.

      Kind of poetic language for an academic article.That is interesting. Also, think this line applies not only to technical communicators, but everyone in the world.

    8. new communications media are reshaping the way we use language

      This is really true. Especially with regards to internet slang. Also, just the new names of technologies are adding words into languages. For example, how you can use Google as a verb.

    9. When technologies of meaning are changing so rapidly, there cannot be one set of standards or skills that constitute the ends of literacy learning, however taught.

      This is so true for technical writers. Technical communication is definitely a field where you never stop learning.