Today we want to look at a few Amazon.com book reviews for Tapscott and Williams' Wikinomics in order to generate a sense for what distinctive features good reviews contain.
- Donald Mitchell [April 6th, 2007]
- Bradley Gessler [January 15, 2007]
- M McDonald [December 28, 2006]
- Rolf Dobelli [February 23, 2007]
- David Brett [ February 9th, 2007]
- Manny Hernandez [January 20, 2007]
- Robert D. Steele [January 17, 2007]
- Laura K. Turner [January 12, 2007]
We're going to read each of the reviews above and try to see if we cannot discern some structural principles for reviews on Amazon. As we read each, I want you to:
- Write the purpose of each paragraph in the review, paying particular attention to the first and last paragraph
- Note how the reviewers frame their ethos or incoporate personal information into the post
- Pay attention to what specific details from the book reviewers tend to cite
- Pay particular attention to how the reviewers offer criticism
By the end of class today, we should be able to generate a pretty good primer on review writing.