Readings for Technical Communication

Paperback | October 11, 2007

byJennifer Maclennan

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This outstanding anthology of insightful essays, written by both theorists and practitioners, focuses on the content and structure of technical writing while also discussing the political, interpersonal, and ethical demands of writing in a professional workplace. Unlike most other texts inthe field, Readings in Technical Communication goes beyond offering a traditional prescriptive approach to technical writing and provides students with a comprehensive and thoughtful examination of the field. Along with a wide variety of classic essays, RTC includes a wealth of new material thatreflects the most up-to-date approaches and methods in technical communication.

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This outstanding anthology of insightful essays, written by both theorists and practitioners, focuses on the content and structure of technical writing while also discussing the political, interpersonal, and ethical demands of writing in a professional workplace. Unlike most other texts inthe field, Readings in Technical Communication...

Jennifer MacLennan is a Professor in College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as D.K. Seaman Chair in Technical and Professional Communications. Her primary scholarly interest is the rhetoric of Canadian identity.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.95 inPublished:October 11, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1: Thinking about CommunicationHelen Wilkie: Communicate Well and ProsperJennifer MacLennan: Why Communication MattersRichard M. Felder: A Whole New Mind for a Flat WorldAndrea MacKenzie: First FlightLloyd F. Bitzer: Functional Communication: A Situational PerspectivePart 2: Communicating ScienceJ.S.C. MeKee: Communicating ScienceStephen Strauss: Avoid the Technical Talk, Scientists ToldCheryl Forbes: Getting the Story, Telling the Story: The Science of Narrative, the Narrative of ScienceDebbie Triese and Michael F. Weigold: Advancing Science CommunicationRichard M. Holliman: Communicating Science in the Digital AgeMarjorie Rush Hovde: Negotiating Organizational Constraints: Tactics for Technical CommunicatorsPart 3: The Case for RhetoricRichard T. Burton: An Engineer's Rhetorical Journey: Personal ReflectionsNeil Ryder: Science and RhetoricTania Smith: What Connection does Rhetorical Theory have to Technical and Professional Communication?Stephen M. Halloran: Classical Rhetoric for the Engineering StudentJonathan Shay: Aristotle's Rhetoric as a Handbook of LeadershipHerbert W. Simons: Are Scientists Rhetors in Disguise? An Analysis of Discursive Processes within Scientific CommunitiesPart 4: Observations on Style and EditingGeorge C. Harwell: Effective WritingWilliam Zinsser: ClutterJennifer MacLennan: Getting It Together: Strategies for WritingJoe Glaser: Voices to Shun: Typical Modes of Bad WritingMary Fran Buehler: Situational Editing: A Rhetorical Approach for the Technical EditorJean Hollis Weber: Escape from the Grammar TrapBrian Bauld: Sense and Nonsense about GrammarPart 5: Perspectives on Audience and ContextJeanie Wills: Making Them an Offer They Can't Refuse: How to Appeal to an AudienceBurton L. Urquhart: Bridging Gaps, Engineering Audiences: Understanding the Communicative SituationBernadette Longo: Communicating with Non-Technical Audiences: How Much Do They Know?Peter Elbow: Three Tricky Relationships to an AudienceCarolyn R. Miller: What's Practical About Technical WritingDavid Ingham: These Minutes Took 22 Hours: The Rhetorical Situation of the MeetingPart 6: LanguageAnatol Rapoport: The Language of Science: Its Simplicity, Beauty, and HumourBill Casselman: DigitariatGeorge Orwell: Politics and the English LanguageWilliam Lutz: The World of DoublespeakBill Casselman: Bafflegab and Gobbledygook: How Canadians Use English to Rant, to Lie, to Cheat, to Cover up Truth, and to Peddle BafflegabArthur Plotnik: Gasping for WordsJohn Speed: What Do You Mean I Can't Call Myself a Software EngineerJennifer MacLennan: Disciplinarity, Identity, and the 'Profession' of RhetoricPart 7: Ethical and Political ConstraintsJennifer MacLennan: Communicating EthicallyCharles P. Campbell: Ethos: Character and Ethics in Technical WritingCezar M. Ornatowski: Between Efficiency and Politics: Rhetoric and Ethics in Technical WritingJames Gough: Developing Ethical Decision-Making Skills: How Textbooks Fail StudentsPart 8: Communication in a Technological SocietyGeorge Grant: Thinking about TechnologyMarshall McLuhan: Motorcar: The Mechanical BrideSigrid Kelsey and Elisabeth Pankl: Verbal Text: Electronic Communication in the Information AgeThomas R. McDaniel and Kathryn N. McDaniel: The Perils of PowerPointIbrahim Khide: Rewind, Pause, Play, Fast-ForwardJohn Lorinc: Driven to Distraction: How Our Multi-Channel, Multi-Tasking Society is Making It Harder for Us to ThinkStephen L. Talbott: The Deceiving Virtues of Technology: From the Cave of the Cyclops to Silicon ValleyPart 9: Reading Others: A Communication Case StudyJennifer MacLennan: Trouble in the OfficePaul Zepf: Reading Eaglestone: A Corporate PsychopathJoe Azzopardi: Defending Eaglestone: Bad Fit or Wrongful Hire