Readings for Technical Communication / Edition 1

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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. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195423228
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/13/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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