Re: Creativity in Technical Writing

Subject: Re: Creativity in Technical Writing
From: "Wayne J. Douglass" <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 09:41:39 -0800

At 08:45 AM 3/27/97 -0700, John Engler wrote:
>
>Here are some quotes from her article that you all might find
>interesting.
>
>"The history of the western world exhibits repetitive patterns of
>intermingling, separating, re-allying and separating again between the
>humanities and the sciences" (Samuals 49).
>
>"Critics' perceptions of the relationship between factual and fictional
>discourse types and the styles appropriate to each have come full
>circle: from ignoring differences, to emphasizing differences, to
>rediscovering similarities" (Samuals 52).
>
>"The difference between a technical and a literary text is not that one
>is any less artificial than the other, but that the technical one must
>appear so . . . [because the] implied author conveys objectivity by
>creating an impartial persona" (Coney, qtd. in Samuals 54).
>
>"Science and technology, insofar as they are human activities are
>essential poetic endeavors because they shape disparate bits of
>information into truths about the behaviors of matter" (Bump, qtd. in
>Samuals 63).
>
Sentences like these are enough to revive the Academic Pomposity thread.

--Wayne Douglass

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