Discourse Communities

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To be a part of a discourse community, one must be credible, possess factual knowledge and draw on the values of its members to be accepted into the community. At the same time, a person must learn typical ways people in that community communicate and argue. They share a certain genre—type of writing. Members of discourse communities provide information and feedback that are imperative in order for that discourse community to grow. In the following paper, I will discuss three discourse communities and a genre that they typically use: people who read Nutritional Facts religiously, college students, and industrial organizational psychologists.

To begin with, the first discourse community that I will discuss is people who habitually look at Nutritional facts. The Nutrition Facts Label genre aides the nutritious community in determining the amount of nutrients and calories in one serving of food. The label, which is required by law to be included on every packaged product, lists the amount of: fat, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, and vitamins/minerals (Food). You can refer to figure 3 for an example. This information helps individuals know whether they are eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Nonetheless, those who read and understand nutritional facts know that the first place to start when you look at the label is the serving size and the number of servings in the package. Serving sizes are standardized to make it easier to compare similar foods; they are provided in familiar units, such as cups or pieces, followed by the metric amount—such as the number of grams. You can use the Nutrition Facts label not only to help limit those nutrien...

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... are being heard. Once these surveys are completed, management may have a much better understanding of how to shape the future of the business and may have even gotten innovative new ideas from employees that can improve productivity or save money.

Works Cited

"Food." How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 03 Dec. 2013. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.

"What They Do?" U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8 Jan. 2014. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.

"What Is I-O?" What Are SIOP and I-O Psychologists? Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.

"Web Survey Tool." Web Survey Tool. Survey Share, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.

McKoon, Katie. "A Day in the Life of a College Student." CollegeXpress: Scholarships, College Search, Rankings and Lists. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014

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