RE: Rhetoric And Technical Writing?

Subject: RE: Rhetoric And Technical Writing?
From: Me Too <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 09:52:44 -0800 (PST)


:-) How *old* is that web site? Down at the very
bottom, it has this gem:

"The October 26, 1998 issue of U.S. News and World
Report reported that a career in technical writing is
one of the top 20 "Hot Job Tracks" of the future!"

I guess they hadn't hear the term "offshoring" yet.

For what it's worth, I agree that studying rhetoric
may have some value in technical writing. You never
know where abstract knowledge will be useful. But it
would be limited value, because the actual use of
training in rhetoric would be applicable in only a
small fraction of technical documents. After all,
technical docs are almost never intended to influence
ways of thought or persuade people on how to decide
things. I think knowledge of classical rhetoric would
be a lot more useful in sales/marketing type

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