Understanding the intended audience for a piece of writing is an important element in communication. Having valuable insight about the audience assists in selecting and developing a relevant and meaningful topic. It also assists with creating a writing plan that is effective to your reading audience, with appropriate tone, style, language and content. The University of Washington suggests that when analyzing the audience of a particular piece there are three areas to consider: demographics, dispositions and knowledge of the topic (2013). It is equally as important to understand the expectations of the audience. Opinion or comment piece writing requires thorough audience analysis. An opinion or comment piece gives one person’s point of view on a current issue, typically this type of writing is presented through media such as the newspaper alongside ‘Letter to the Editor’ and the editorial (Evans, 2002, p. 59). The writer of an opinion piece will normally target their writing at a specific audience, it is expected that the writing conveys a strong link to a certain topic whilst being opinionated.
By critically analyzing ‘Anzac’s Acknowledgement Abolished?’ written by a 2005 VCE student, we are able to further explore the important link between audience and opinion piece writing. The piece is written in response to events which took place during the 2005 Anzac Day dawn service held in Gallipoli, Turkey. The annual Anzac Day service traditionally involves a large crowd of Australian visitors gathering on the shores of the symbolic location where “11,000 Anzac soldiers were killed on the 25th of April 1915”. Traditionally the ceremony involves tributes and a moving service dedicated to the lives lost during the battle. However, in 2005 the ceremonies reputation was tarnished when heavily intoxicated Australian tourists attended the service, this was accompanied by inappropriate celebratory aspects such as live musical acts. The...