The Discourse Community Of Professional Athletes Essay

856 Words Dec 17th, 2016 4 Pages
The philosopher Michel Foucault once described discourse as “Systems of thoughts composed of ideas, attitudes, and courses of action, beliefs and practices that systematically construct the subjects and the worlds of which they speak.” As masterfully presented by Foucault, discourse involves language and how individuals in certain communities, or “worlds” use language to communicate with each other. In part, language creates distinct discourse communities involving those who share similarities and are able to communicate those similarities as a result. In my multimodal project I aim to explore and compare the discourse community of professional athletes and the discourse communities of sports fans.
I feel that my project is the best way to represent the two communities because both communities involve the transaction of communication through means beyond simple written text. In terms of the Professional Athletes Discourse community, other than books there are limited textual examples of communication within professional athletes communicating to one another. In most cases, Athletes communicate through verbal communication both on and off the playing field. If I were to write an essay detailing how athletes specifically communicate through writing to their community I would not be as effective as how I present, the same information in my project. Professional athletes communicate mainly through verbal communication. In today’s modern age of technology, most professional…

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