#3 — The Art of Democratic Writing

On Moral Sense

Think of the kinds of writing that you’ve done in high school and that you will do in college. How do you contemplate the different audiences for your written work?  What meaning would your choice of audience have when you write papers for class, posts to Yik Yak, Facebook, or other social media, or articles for a student newspaper?

Our choice of audience— whenever we speak or write— is always freighted with philosophical and political meaning. Do we seek an intimate community of speakers and listeners closed off to others? Or do we seek to open our audience, potentially, to all? As is clear, the authors of the Declaration made the latter choice.

Allen, Danielle (2014-06-23). Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (p. 91). Liveright. Kindle Edition.