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David Uto

UWRT 1101

February 14th, 2017

Professor Rebecca Agosta

Gabor Reading Log

1. Gabor's definition of civic literacy was defined as the ability to use written language as a

power in public, political, and community-based situations. My take from this definition is that

to be literate in this sense means to be able to understand how to communicate ideas by the

means of writing. By being literate in the writing sense, we are then able to communicate ideas

in any context instead of using a medium that would be understood in only one situation. An

example of this would be a service-learning project in my biology class. By having to write

about this project, I can then convey the ideas and actions behind this project to others in a

different community even if they weren't directly affected by my actions in the project.

2. Political writing can have a huge effect on the ideas formulated by the general population. The

effect of the writing is directly correlated to the amount of influence this person possesses in

individuals. For this reason writing can be extremely beneficial when written by an individual

who has a direct effect on the issues at hand. It doesn't even matter if the person is a politician by

career choice or an athlete who has a great influence, if they are pertinent to the issue at hand

they can use their voice in writing to convey ideas to shape the ideas that stem off of the original

base. For this reason, it can be very powerful tool in spreading ideas throughout a community. A

huge factor in the effectiveness of a written message is the author of that message; therefore for a

piece to be highly influential it has to be written by a person who is highly influential.


3. I don't believe I am "closed off" from any form of public discourse, however I believe the

factor at play is the readiness of the information being publicly discussed. An example of this

would be the public disclosures published in local newspaper for the local community. These

articles tend to be published in a very difficult to read manner, making the reader disengage from

the article and become disinterested in the topic at hand. Personally I believe have the power to

participate in student debates located at our university. These debates seem the most readily

available and directed towards the student body. I'm sure I could participate in debates around the

entire city of Charlotte, however I am not informed as to how to engage in them.

4. In this context, a stakeholder would be any individual relevant to the issue at hand. If the issue

were in regards to the well being of a community, the stakeholders would be every member that

belongs to that community. By this definition, I would consider myself to be a stakeholder in

communities ranging from the overall student population of UNC Charlotte to the very specific

communities of first generation Hispanic students. Even though these two communities vary

greatly in demographics when compared to one another, I am relevant to the issues faced by

both. I stay relevant in the issues faced by these communities because I continue to actively

participate within them. If I continue to pursue my interests while remaining in these

communities, I as a stakeholder will ensure I can obtain the optimum outcome in all of my

endeavors.

5. A news article I found to be interesting is that of protests taking place to stop the advancement

of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Within this article, the idea of famous celebrities using their

influence to influence others to engage the issue at hand is discussed. Paris Jackson is used as the

example of a celebrity using their influence to spread ideas to the general population to continue

the protest of the pipeline. This article connects to Gabor's ideas by conveying the ideals behind
civic literacy. The purpose of this entire article is to present the influential power this site has in

written form in order to engage in a public and political discussion. By definition, this is what

Gabor meant whenever she defined civic literacy. The link to this article is:

http://www.ecowatch.com/paris-jackson-dapl-2258916567.html