RE: Rhetoric And Technical Writing?

Subject: RE: Rhetoric And Technical Writing?
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 00:45:58 -0500

> I guess it all comes down to a matter of definitions. I, for one, feel
> that the word rhetoric has pejorized far more than it ever should
> have. It was once considered a high art, but someone along the way
> decided that rhetoric was manipulative or something. I'm not sure. Any
> one know for sure the history of the word? Fortunately, I had a
> teacher who once taught me the original meaning of the word. I think
> that is the definition that Joe was trying to convey.

That's why people who aspire to be technical communicators, or who are
already working in that capacity, should STUDY rhetoric in a formal way. You
do not get the same thing out of a semester's course as you get by reading
the dictionary. You read great stuff and you learn new things.

Also, how can technical documentation be said to be boring? To whom? A filet
mignon is boring to a man who's not hungry. When you are looking for an
answer to a question you have about software or your new digital piano,
aren't you quite interested in finding the answer?

Bonnie Granat


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