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Readings for Technical Communication

Jennifer MacLennan

Publication Date - December 2007

ISBN: 9780195423228

416 pages

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This unique anthology of readings focuses not only on the content and structure of technical writing but also on the political, interpersonal, and ethical demands of writing in a professional workplace.


This unique anthology of readings focuses not only on the content and structure of technical writing but also on the political, interpersonal, and ethical demands of writing in a professional workplace. Featuring selections about technical writing along with actual samples of technical writing itself, this volume will provoke thoughtful discussion on issues of credibility, situation, strategy, ethics, and relation.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Thinking about Communication
    Communicate Well and Prosper, Helen Wilkie
    Why Communication Matters, Jennifer MacLennan
    A Whole New Mind for a Flat World, Richard M. Felder
    First Flight, Andrea MacKenzie
    Functional Communication: A Situational Perspective, Lloyd F. Bitzer
    Part 2: Communicating Science
    Communicating Science, J.S.C. McKee
    Avoid the Technical Talk, Scientists Told, Stephen Strauss
    Getting the Story, Telling the Story: The Science of Narrative, the Narrative of Science, Cheryl Forbes
    Advancing Science Communication, Debbie Triese and Michael F. Weigold
    Communicating Science in the Digital Age, Richard M. Holliman
    Negotiating Organizational Constraints: Tactics for Technical Communicators, Marjorie Rush Hovde
    Part 3: The Case for Rhetoric
    An Engineer's Rhetorical Journey: Personal Reflections, Richard T. Burton
    Science and Rhetoric, Neil Ryder
    What Connection Does Rhetorical Theory Have to Technical and Professional Communication?, Tania Smith
    Classical Rhetoric for the Engineering Student, Stephen M. Halloran
    Aristotle's Rhetoric as a Handbook of Leadership, Jonathan Shay
    Are Scientists Rhetors in Disguise? An Analysis of Discursive Processes within Scientific Communities, Herbert W. Simons
    Part 4: Observations on Style and Editing
    Effective Writing, George C. Harwell
    Clutter, William Zinsser
    Getting It Together: Strategies for Writing, Jennifer MacLennan
    Voices to Shun: Typical Modes of Bad Writing, Joe Glaser
    Situational Editing: A Rhetorical Approach for the Technical Editor, Mary Fran Buehler
    Escape from the Grammar Trap, Jean Hollis Weber
    Sense and Nonsense about Grammar, Brian Bauld
    Part 5: Perspectives on Audience and Context
    Making Them an Offer They Can't Refuse: How to Appeal to an Audience, Jeanie Wills
    Bridging Gaps, Engineering Audiences: Understanding the Communicative Situation, Burton L. Urquhart
    Communicating with Non-Technical Audiences: How Much Do They Know?, Bernadette Longo
    Three Tricky Relationships to an Audience, Peter Elbow
    What's Practical About Technical Writing, Carolyn R. Miller
    These Minutes Took 22 Hours: The Rhetorical Situation of the Meeting, David Ingham
    Part 6: Language
    The Language of Science: Its Simplicity, Beauty, and Humor, Anatol Rapoport
    Digitariat, Bill Casselman
    Politics and the English Language, George Orwell
    The World of Doublespeak, William Lutz
    Bafflegab and Gobbledygook: How Canadians Use English to Rant, to Lie, to Cheat, to Cover up Truth, and to Peddle Bafflegab, Bill Casselman
    Gasping for Words, Arthur Plotnik
    What Do You Mean I Can't Call Myself a Software Engineer, John Speed
    Disciplinarity, Identity, and the 'Profession' of Rhetoric, Jennifer MacLennan
    Part 7: Ethical and Political Constraints
    Communicating Ethically, Jennifer MacLennan
    Ethos: Character and Ethics in Technical Writing, Charles P. Campbell
    Between Efficiency and Politics: Rhetoric and Ethics in Technical Writing, Cezar M. Ornatowski
    Developing Ethical Decision-Making Skills: How Textbooks Fail Students, James Gough
    Part 8: Communication in a Technological Society
    Thinking about Technology, George Grant
    Motorcar: The Mechanical Bride, Marshall McLuhan
    Verbal Text: Electronic Communication in the Information Age, Sigrid Kelsey and Elisabeth Pankl
    The Perils of PowerPoint, Thomas R. McDaniel and Kathryn N. McDaniel
    Rewind, Pause, Play, Fast-Forward, Ibrahim Khider
    Driven to Distraction: How Our Multi-Channel, Multi-Tasking Society is Making It Harder for Us to Think, John Lorinc
    The Deceiving Virtues of Technology: From the Cave of the Cyclops to Silicon Valley, Stephen L. Talbott
    Part 9: Reading Others: A Communication Case Study
    Trouble in the Office, Jennifer MacLennan
    Reading Eaglestone: A Corporate Psychopath, Paul Zepf
    Defending Eaglestone: Bad Fit or Wrongful Hire, Joe Azzopardi

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