RE: Ethics in Technical Communication

Subject: RE: Ethics in Technical Communication
From: "Russell Willerton (EUS)" <EUSRUWI -at- am1 -dot- ericsson -dot- se>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2001 10:31:04 -0600


Sam Dragga (at Texas Tech University) has written and taught a lot about ethics in technical communication. He's the series editor of the Allyn & Bacon series of which the Dombrowski book is a part.

Here are some of his articles:

"Ethical Intercultural Technical Communication: Looking through the Lens of Confucian Ethics," Technical Communication Quarterly, 8 (1999): 365-381.

"A Question of Ethics: Lessons from Technical Communicators on the Job," Technical Communication Quarterly 6.2 (1997): 161-178.

"Is This Ethical? A Survey of Opinion on Principles and Practices of Document Design," Technical Communication 43 (1996): 255-265.

"The Ethics of Delivery." Rhetorical Memory and Delivery: Classical Concepts for Contemporary Composition and Communication. Ed. John Frederick Reynolds. Hillsdale: Erlbaum, 1993. 79-95.

He and Gwendolyn Gong wrote an excellent book, _Editing: The Design of Rhetoric._ Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 1989. (I used it for my own MA thesis on rhetoric and marketing for high-tech services.) It has a chapter or two specifically devoted to ethics, but you could say that ethics is one of the overriding concerns of the book. This book is out of print, so it's a little tricky to find. I just ordered a copy from alibris.com and I'm waiting anxiously for it to arrive.

Best regards,

Russell Willerton
Ericsson, Inc.
Plano, TX USA

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From: NewellMarian -at- cs -dot- com [mailto:NewellMarian -at- cs -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2001 5:28 AM
Subject: Ethics in Technical Communication


I am in the final year of an MA course in Technical Authorship. I intend to
write my dissertation on an aspect of ethics in technical communication. My
main focus is likely to be on the views of members of the Institute of
Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC) here in the UK. However, I am
currently interested in gaining as wide a perspective on the topic as I can
and would welcome Techwr-l subscribers' input in two areas:

What do you consider are relevant ethical issues for technical communicators?


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