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journal prompt 8


The Bononia is a book that contains the history of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. There are many terms that we, as pledges, must learn. The information in this book is specific to the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and no outsiders would know about anything in this book. Everyone in my pledge class can say anything as simple as “lily,” and we will all immediately know that he is talking about the lily of the valley, the flower of Kappa Sigma. We all have taken the same tests, and know all of the same history about Kappa Sigma, and can easily make references that only all of us would understand.

Facebook group

On our pledge class facebook group we talk about what we have to do in the fraternity. We discuss what we have to know for certain tests, and when we have to do things. We talk about upcoming events, what we need to wear at what times, and everything. We talk about how we will complete certain tasks, and we also have inside jokes that the brothers do not understand when they read our page. If an outsider read our page, they would not be able to read in context, and thus would not understand what we were talking about. Our Facebook page is a major form of communication for us because all 30 of us are not always in the same room, and we all need to know things, so we communicate mostly via Facebook, or Simple texts.

The Simple

Simple texts: All pledges receive a mass text from a service called “The Simple”. The messages have initials tagged onto them that tells which member of the executive council is requesting us to do some certain task. The texts could not be understood by an outside person because of the specificity of the message.

First day narrative:

I got my “bid”, which is an invitation to join the fraternity, before actual rush, so when rush came around I already knew some things that no one else knew. I felt like I was ahead of everyone else, but I was very wrong. My first day with the pledge discourse community started after we became pledges. At rush, I met all of my pledge brothers, but only for a few seconds, and everything was so chaotic that we never really met each other. The first day in the discourse community was the day after we all got pledged in. Our pledge class was not at all a discourse community the first day. None of us knew anything, and we barely even knew each others names. We did not know what we were supposed to do, how long we would be pledges, or anything at all for that matter. I heard terms such as “balled” and “initiated,” as well as “chapter” and “ritual.” All of these terms were foreign to me, I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. Maybe I should have watched more fraternity movies. Balled means being released as a pledge, or kicked out. If you become a pledge and never get balled, then you can get initiated. Chapter is a meeting that is only attended by brothers, and ritual is something I really do not know anything about because I am a pledge.

After weeks and weeks we all became great friends, and our discourse community was in full swing. We had our Facebook group, with all of our inside jokes, and a ton of strange things to do for the fraternity. We all had nicknames that no outsider would understand. We all did a ton of activities together, had to pass the same tests, and know all of the same things. We could say a few words such as “you ready?” and everyone would know exactly what we were inquiring they were ready for.

Shared memory:

We are the Beta Lambda pledge class, and we do everything last minute, which is why we just scheduled our retreat, and we are leaving tomorrow. The plan is to go on a camping trip in Ormand beach at a camp site called Tomoka state park. We all set out separately, all 30 of us in around 7 different cars. We have just arrived at the camp site our stupid pledge antics have already started, and we are now cutting down every tree in sight with the one ax we have. We have no food, and a lot of people do not even have tents. Like I said, we are always unprepared. Right now we are going to Publix to buy burgers. Once back at the camp site the burgers started being cooked over an open fire, burning everyones hands due to the fact that we have no spatula, knife, or anything. We just have our ax. Now that everyone has had an unsatisfying dinner we gathered around the camp fire and did what we did best, talk about ourselves, and tell jokes. We really do have a tight knit pledge class. And after last night talking around the camp fire, we have a whole new set of inside jokes, and a generally feeling of trust towards each other. We left the camp site the next afternoon, all having a new found appreciation for our pledge brothers, and a bond that can be called brotherhood.

I interviewed Jason Roydhouse:

What are some things you learned as a pledge?

  • Development of teamwork, learn to work with others.

What is the goal of a pledge, in your opinion?

  • To learn to become a gentleman, learn to respect others and yourself
    • give respect to get it
    • and obviously to get initiated

What is some terminology that you remember from when you were a pledge?

  • Fist of all “I did some research and I knew what was getting into”
    • GDI -god damn independent
    • simple texts, chapter meetings, and chair meetings throughout the week
    • as far as brothers are concerned, the ritual is what binds them together
      • we have our pledge class letters, that bind us together

What is the fraternity all about?

  • Its about the brotherhood mostly
  • also, you can get a job
  • its a great college experience
  • out of a group of 50,000 kids its hard to find your niche

Why did you choose Kappa Sigma?

  • “Me and my roomates last year came out to rush and just picked kappa sig”
  • “I liked how it was a smaller group of guys”

What is the common purpose of fraternity?

  • “bring people together”
  • “help people mature and get better”
  • “people can acquire leadership skills”

What is some advise you can give to someone hoping to join a fraternity?

  • “Rush as many fraternitys as you can”
  • “find your own place”

Once a person is a pledge, what is the best advice you can give them?

  • “have dilligence and commitment once a pledge”
    • our 2 watch words



journal prompt 7

The discourse community I want to talk about is the Kappa Sigma Fraternity


  1. The fraternity has around 70 people in it. There are around 45 brothers, and 30ish pledges. I could make the discourse community smaller by just referencing the pledges, then the discourse community would be only around 30 people. There are no cliques in the fraternity, so the only discourse communities that can be broken up are brothers and pledges.
  2. Yes, there are multiple forums for discussion and communication. We have 2 Facebook groups where many things are talked about. Also, us pledges have sunday morning meetings which generally go on for many hours. The brothers have chapter, which is on sunday nights.
  3. Yes, ultimately the fraternity is meant for fun, friendship, and enjoyment, but there are a lot of other things that are important. The pillars of Kappa Sigma are fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service. Everyone in the fraternity looks out for one another, always, and everyone, as a whole, gives back to the community.
  4. Yes, there are a lot of rules to follow. For one, we are not allowed to tell any secrets about what happens during certain times in the house. Also, everyone in the fraternity has to learn certain things, and if they do not, there is a punishment. Drunk driving is taken very seriously and whoever does it, regardless of whether the police are involved, is in a ton of trouble. Everyone must attend meetings, if they do not, they cannot attend social events for the following week. There are a lot of written and unwritten rules to follow.
  5. In the fraternity, there are tons of secret hand gestures and symbols. In the pledge discourse community, we know some secrets, but not as many as the brothers do. We all have to know the history of the fraternity, and many facts that if referred to, people would not understand. The greek community as a whole has a lot of terms that outsiders would not understand. In the Kappa Sigma fraternity, there is also a number secret, and useful textual artifacts as well. We have Bononnias, which give information about the fraternity. The brothers have a ritual book, which is a secret and no pledges know anything about it, so there is no point in referencing it.

Intertextuality video

^^Watch the whole video, its actually pretty funny

Intertextuality is the principle that all writing and speech, indeed, all signs, arise from a single network. This video is a perfect example of intertextuality. Most of the dialog consists of songs that were obviously not written by them. All of the songs are popular, and the audience will most likely understand the reference. Although it is not text that is being reworded, or just taken, it is songs. The songs are only taken in little pieces, and it is kind of like plagiarism, like intertextuality is like plagiarism. This video reaches (I guess) the high school discourse community, and the music community, mainly the mainstream music community. The mashup of all the songs creates a (somewhat) story. It is just like any intertextual writing, but in song form.

As Porter says, “By identifying and stressing the intertextual nature of discourse, however, we shift out attention away from the writer as an individual and focus more in the sources and social contexts from which the writer’s discourse arises.” The actual story is not really given any attention, but the songs, which they did not create are. We focus our attention on the songs, or the “intertextual nature” of the story/video.

Discourse Communities

Intertextuality is the principle that all writing and speech, indeed, all signs, arise from a single network. The creative writer is the creative borrower. A discourse community is a group of individuals bound by a common interest who communicate through approved channels and whose discourse is regulated.

Everything we write is essentially plagiarism. We are just rearranging words that people before us have already put together.

I belong to a bunch of discourse communities. One of the broader ones being the UCF community. I also belong to the UCF freshman community. And in that community there is a facebook group, and I belong to that group as well. I am part of the Lake Claire community also. In all of these discourse communities there are certain words that outsiders would not know, like the “MALL”, or “intellikey”, or maybe even just “Knight”. I am also a part of the Speier family.

Back in high school I was part of the robotics club. I was also part of the Chinese club, and the Chinese national honors society. We had to only speak chinese while participating in events, or just hanging out in the club.

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity is another discourse community I am a part of. The discourse is constrained by rank. I am a pledge, I speak when spoken to, and I have almost no rights. Once I become initiated then I acquire all the rights of a brother. In the fraternity there is a Grand Master, a Grand Procurator, a Grand Master of Ceremonies, a Grand Treasurer, and A Grand Scribe. They are on the executive committee, and are (technically) above all of the other brothers. As Leitch says “a speaker must be ‘qualified’ to talk.” Also, the uninitiated have no idea about all of the secret sayings and signs, and everything, so they are not in the discourse community. In order to be in the discourse community, one would have to be initiated. As a pledge, I am a part of the “pledge” discourse community, and maybe ¼ of the fraternity discourse community, but will be 100% after initiation. Its a complicated situation, but I know Dr. Holic understands it.


This essay has been very difficult, much more so than the first essay.  I am trying to write from a journalistic point of view and its hard.  Also, I have had a hard time figuring out what I want to write about and how I want to organize everything.  I would say organization in this essay, for me, is one of the hard parts.  Sitting down and just writing this essay is impossible, it requires a lot of reading and thinking before one can sit down and get blocked for 30 minutes, write a paragraph, not like it, and get blocked for another 30 minutes.  That is pretty much how i have been with this essay.  I am working hard on it, but it just isn’t coming out exactly  how i want it to…I will keep re-writing till it does though!

Sean Parker

I took notes, and they are integrated into my large paragraph, because it is the only way I can keep my flow of thought moving.

As I began reading the article on Sean Parker, a reference was immediately made about his audi s6, which I of course has to look up to see all of the specifications; I love cars. The article right off the bat is clearly written for wealthy people, that is obvious, and if you are not, then like me, you are jealous. Sean Parker is described as an ingenious, future seeing, lucky young man, who is “just getting started” at 2.1 billion dollars (Bertoni 60) Sean Parker is 31 years old, and has had a hand in Napster, Plaxo, Facebook, and more. He can apparently see future trends before anyone else, he can hear them, but  no one else can, almost like a dog whistle. Sean Parker likes to “focus on things that are the highest value and get those done perfectly.” (Bertoni 64) The article goes into depth describing how Parker showed up to the Forbes photo shoot with many wardrobes of clothing, makeup artists, hair stylists, etc. You name it, he had it. The article goes further to describe how he is going to be getting on his private jet at midnight. The magazine is definitely boasting his wealth, almost in a way to make one jealous, and envy his lifestyle, but at the same time, amazed by his vast amount of money. The writer is always making remarks about the time, like when Parker is doing the things he is doing, and how he gets barely any sleep at all. In addition to being a billionaire, the author talks about how Parker is literally a genius. He was recruited by the CIA but turned them down, and instead worked on a little thing called Napster, that wreaked havoc on the Music industry. Parkers contributions to Facebook are talked about very highly in the article. The author writes about how through his experience he was able to instruct Zuckerberg in the right direction, and keep him in charge. The tone is almost inspirational, the article makes one want to go out and start a company. There is a lot of business talk in the article to reach out to the business man, but shows how, although very rich, Parker has a very stressful life. The article ends with a quote from Parker, “I actually couldn’t honestly tell you whether we’ve been here for two hours or 20 minutes.”(Bertoni 73)

The article describes Sean Parker, and the reporters time being with him, recognizing all of his quirks, attributes, and downfalls. I could not find the “letter from the editor” in the magazine, but I found one online from a past Forbes magazine, maybe it is the same editor. He is basically saying that the magazine is there is help improve our lives.

 “Ultimately, in this issue, as we always attempt to do, we present an array of both the here and now and of the near and very practical future. You’ll meet scientists, business practitioners, risk takers, inventors, and even fruit growers who have something in common: They are all decoding experts. Even more important, they all understand that if there is such a thing as technological destiny, it will surely arrive in the form of feedback loops. All we have to do is listen better.” – Patrick Dillon (the editor)

He is saying that if we read Forbes, it can help give us ideas to become rich, like the people the magazine talks about did.

The advertisements in the actual magazine are aimed at rich people, but some are for the upcoming rich, people with dreams. The more you read Forbes, it becomes less about Old Rich guys, and about new upcoming people who will one day have a ton of money and rule the economy, or maybe the internet.


Table of Contents

The table of contents starts on page 22, and goes to page 26, with an advertisement on every other page. The page numbers are to the left of the title of the article and are bright red. The Titles are Bold, with a smaller, unbolded, text below giving a short sentence of what the article is about. The page itself is just white, there are no pictures, on the actual table of contents, but there are pictures in the advertisements on very other page.Every single title as something to do with with either money, Billionaires, rich living, or philanthropy. It is quite clear that this magazine is aimed at people who desire great wealth, and those who already have it. This magazine has a lot of interviews from people like Sean Parker, and Bill Gates. Basically billionaires, and people who know how to spend a lot of money.