Make sure to deliver

As a final note for Reading Log 3, I present James E. Porter’s “Recovering Delivery for Digital Rhetoric”. Porter’s work underlies every concept I have thus presented, tying them all together by the ever-present rhetoric canon of delivery. His article starts by defining the canon’s Greek history, originating from how speeches were delivered. This takes …

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Spark ignites a flame

Laurie E. Gries’s “Iconographic Tracking: A Digital Research Method for Visual Rhetoric and Circulation Studies” is unique in its discussion of audience, context, and culture related to visual rhetoric. The article, unlike the past ones I analyzed, focuses on one example specifically, the illustrious and mass-reproduced Obama Hope campaign, and applies, applying the concepts of …

Bridging the gap

“We are confronted with writing technologies that reorganize the possible connections our texts can make with pictures, animations, videos, and audio” (Sullivan, 2001, p. 103-4). Patricia Sullivan’s “Practicing safe visual rhetoric on the World Wide Web” reinforces many of the trends I have discussed about visual literacy and digital usability. The digital world is changing …

Field overview

The field of technical communications, like other industries in its fast-paced evolution, is unique but difficult to define because it relates to almost all forms of communication. Print, digital, and multimedia modes all fall under the umbrella of “technical communication,” each medium requiring “a technical communicator who is an innovator and able to learn and …

What we cannot ignore

To wrap up Reading Log 2, it is important to discuss the effects and possible consequences of instructional technical communications. While this may not be every technical writing student’s cup of tea, we must all be informed of the impact and results of our writing. Jeff Todd’s “Avoiding Litigation for Product Instructions and Warnings” emphasizes …

The answer is video

One way instruction manuals have evolved with the digital landscape of today is through video. Funny story: I opened Hans van der Meij’s “Eight Guidelines for the Design of Instructional Videos for Software Training,” to read for this class assignment. The 24-page document staring back at me did not look extremely enticing. I thought of …