Re: Ethics in Technical Communication

Subject: Re: Ethics in Technical Communication
From: Rebecca Stevenson <rstevens -at- atg -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2001 12:46:52 -0500

It may have been cheap, but I don't consider it an ethical infraction, since the
correct information was included *and* it was done to make a point. Some of us
might even find it rather clever (at least those of us who are sick to death of
Internet hype).

bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com wrote:

> This brings up an interesting issue that I recently came across. I'm in my
> first semester working towards an M.A. in Technical Communication, and a
> recent reading assignment in one of my textbooks has been bugging me.
> In the article "Welcome to Cyberia" by M. Kadi (I don't have the original
> source of the piece handy), the author starts with a quote about how
> computer networks will change the world. This quote is attributed to
> Scientific American magazine and dated 1994.
> At the end of the article, Kadi reveals that the quote was really from 1954
> and every place the phrase "computer network" appears it was originally
> "television".
> What bothers me about this is the (in my opinion) cheap trick that he pulled
> of intentionally misquoted in the beginning. What is everybody else's take
> on this?

Rebecca Stevenson
Technical Writer
Art Technology Group
Cambridge, MA

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