RE: Rhetoric And Technical Writing?

Subject: RE: Rhetoric And Technical Writing?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 13:19:48 -0500

Bill wrote earlier today on this thread, "Rhetoric is the study of the
technique and rules for using language effectively."

Kelly wrote earlier today on this thread, "Rhetoric is the art (or
technique) of communicating effectively. Kinda sounds like technical

Rhetoric goes way beyond "persuasion" and "influence," and the use of
those terms below suggest a failure to carefully read the thread. Unless
those terms are being used... rhetorically?

-- Dan Goldstein

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tony Markos
> Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 12:59 PM
> To: Me Too; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Rhetoric And Technical Writing?
> --- Me Too wrote:
> ...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.
> Tony Markos responds:
> I feel this way also, but I have been wrong before.
> Anyone care to estimate the percentage of time that
> rhetoric would "come into play" in a tech comm
> project?

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