The Height of Discourse
After I watched two hours of intense play and the huddle split, I observed high fives and complex handshakes of some sort. “Hampton on three. Hampton on three. ONE, TWO, THREE, HAMPTON!” They started coming my way; as an ex-basketball player, deep down I yearned for a handshake or some kind of acknowledgment, but I sat there like a fork in the road. Each member parted around me to my left and to my right, some giving head nods and some giving nothing at all. I quickly realized that I was clearly not a part of this discourse community. One rainy evening, I sat in my house bored as all ever and realized that I had an assignment to observe and analyze a discourse community. So I walked over to Holland Hall and sat through a whole Hampton University Men’s basketball practice. I sat on the bleachers trying to be as invisible as possible, mainly because I felt like somewhat of an imposter. An imposter is ( DEFINE IMPOSTER!) and that is exactly what I was doing. The Hampton University Basketball team is one of the most popular sports currently on campus. With fifteen active members on the team out of a whopping 4,567 undergraduate students attending school, this is an extremely small population and discourse community. But how do we know that it is a discourse community? Throughout this paper I will prove this statement, by analyzing the presence of a common language, a means of a common language, a threshold for membership, a means of identifying who’s in, a common belief, and common behaviors. This basketball team is made up from a variety of different people; ranging from short to tall, lazy to hardworking, and originally from different areas across the states. Hampton Men’s basketball is A Division 1 team which is currently a part of the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) along with ten other universities. They recently in 2011 went to the NCAA tournament where they were eliminated to arguably the best powerhouse in college...
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