Rough Draft Reflection
I thought that writing for an audience that already kind of agreed with my topic wouldn’t be hard, but it proved to be more difficult than I had realized at first. This particular group of individuals that I was targeting tends to be rather aggressive in their argument and conversation style. They generally won’t take anything at face value, and that made my job even more difficult. I had to be sure to prove every detail that I could.
This is where my research came in. I used every book and online journal that I could find dealing with the education of children and video games. I avoided using sources that didn’t have a legitimate background, or even seemed to be a little off. The problem with this audience, or maybe strength of the audience, is that they can poke holes in a brick wall and just about anything else. This particular audience is mostly also associated with being the technology age. Since they are all relatively young, they have either grown up with the Internet or watched it grow. This gives them the advantage of knowing the ins and outs of the World Wide Web. They can point out a falsity before you even have time to cite it. I realized this while doing some background research on the audience. I was able to see that if a link or story was posted on one of the websites this group frequents that it was likely to be torn apart if it was not accompanied with a reliable source. On websites such as Reddit, NeoGAF, or GameSpot, if a picture was posted without a background or with a false background story, the real story would be exposed to the public in under a few hours, and sometimes even under a few hours. This terrified me at first. Then I turned it into a challenge for myself. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t leave myself open to this scrutiny. I checked and double-checked my resources to make sure that they could hold up against the group. I also made sure that my opinions would have some kind of a research...
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