Summary: The word annoying in the title of this chapter (Chapter By: Kyle D. Stedman) draws attention to the rhetorical nature of a writer’s choices when citing sources, emphasizing that readers may feel emotions like annoyance when authors fail to cite in the ways expected by the audience. Throughout the entirety of this article the author uses humorous description on poor choices that academic writers make when incorporating outside sources into their text.
Stedman takes the readers through certain situations and shows the proper ways to use quotations. Writers need to keep in mind that sources need to be cited properly whether it’s in the beginning or the end of the article that is being written. I believe that Stedman chose to write this piece using an unusual method to draw in readers to show them a different, yet useful way of learning from mistakes.
Making Connections: I’m sure that we can all relate to this article one way or another. We were all beginners at one point and probably did at least one of the annoyances the author states. My personal connection to this is pretty relevant because I’ve been down the annoying citing path for probably way too long. I am almost positive that these notes I am taking will include sources that probably annoy people that are reading this, but frankly, we all do things a little differently and if it annoys you that much then skip to another blogger. I have been learning how to properly cite sources for the last few years and I learn something new each time. Some people in my class said that they have never cited sources before which completely blew my mind, I thought that students in high school learned that right away. I bet this article was a weird article to read the first time being introduced to citing sources but I’m sure they won’t be making the annoying mistakes I have because they know right off the bat how to avoid it.
Commentary: When I finished this article I started to think back on what stood out to me the most, and right away it was the phrase stated by Stedman, “It’s like dating Spider-Man”. This stood out to me the most because it was such an interesting way of comparing citing sources to a relatable figure to draw attention and help readers understand a little bit more of how the annoyance comes about. When you’re reading an article (like dating spider man) you don’t want to be in the middle of an interesting sentence (or conversation) and be interrupted by something irrelevant and confusing that makes you lose complete focus (or interest).