The Ohio University Marching band known as Marching 110 is a discourse community in many ways as shown throughout the website. One way is they have a specific way of communication with one another, known as lexis. They mainly use this specific lexis to prepare for upcoming performances. Marching 110 is apart of the lexis being that it is a nickname for the marching band itself. Another example of the discourse community’s usage of their lexis was mentioned in one of the interviews when he discusses walking uptown. Members of the community are able to spot out fellow members in uptown Athens based on certain phrases and words used within the lexis. This discourse community demonstrates that anyone can have a discourse community based on a common set of goals as well as a certain language used and understood by all members. Interviewing several members of the band within different years was more beneficial than just interviewing all freshman or all sophomores for example. We felt by doing this, we were able to gain an equal all around experience. The audience is also a major way to receive feedback from a performance where the band reads reviews on their performances based on YouTube videos uploaded by fans and administration. They effectively use these videos by analyzing them and allowing members of a certain squad to critique another squad’s performance and give insightful tips. Throughout the research of this discourse community, it can be confirmed that mush faking would be easily noticed and almost impossible to successfully get away with.
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