The audience in a movie theater is a very interesting community to me.  They come from all parts of the overall community and once the lights go out are all following the same rules.  No one has a higher status and no one is refused entry into the group unless they cannot afford the ticket.  However, there are several ways one can be kicked out of the community.  Talking during the movie, smoking, or being disruptive in any way can lead to others calling security to escort you out. 

The students at SOAR were a very funny community when I attended it last summer.  Teenagers from all over came to the campus for the first time, as a future student, to schedule their classes and learn about campus life.  The thing that made it so interesting is that everyone was so shy and tense.  No one was reaching out to each other and no one was looking to make friends.  Since no one was socializing, there was no hierarchy or rules to follow.  It was all about getting through it and not making a fool of yourself.

The community of a fraternity is perhaps the best example of a discourse community available in college.  There are many stereotypes about fraternities and how they are all about partying and getting girls.  But each one stands for its own unique morals and beliefs.  Some fraternities are stereotypical and others are not.  However each fraternity does have certain rules that must be followed.  A member must have a certain GPA, perform a certain amount of community service, and attend fraternity events.  There is also the membership fee and social dues that must be paid to stay a member.  Then there is the infamous pledging process.  Every new member must undergo a series of challenges to test their commitment.  Some fraternities do not require this however.  Members tend to dress and act alike, portraying themselves as members of that fraternity.

This shows my understanding of discourse communities beginning to form.  I still do not quite get it based on the first two topics but the third is on its way.

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