The Rhetoric of Risk: Technical Documentation in Hazardous Environments

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The rhetoric of risk : technical documentation in hazardous environments. Beverly J.

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Erlbaum Associates , 1 nov. The crash of an Amtrak train near Baltimore, the collapse of the Hyatt hotel in Kansas City, the incident at Three Mile Island, and other large-scale technological disasters have provided powerful examples of the ways that communication practices influence the events and decisions that precipitate a disaster. These examples have raised ethical questions about the responsibility of writers within agencies, epistemological questions about the nature of representation in science, and rhetorical questions about the nature of expertise and experience as grounds for judgments about risk.

In The Rhetoric of Risk: Technical Documentation in Hazardous Environments author Beverly Sauer examines how the dynamic uncertainty of the material environment affects communication in large regulatory industries.

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Sauer's analysis focuses specifically on mine safety, which provides a rich technical and historical context where problems of rhetorical agency, narrative, and the negotiation of meaning have visible and tragic outcomes. Through his work at WIDE, he also produces writing software that incorporates and extends the range of significance of research in the field of technical and professional writing. SWAP is meant to be a foundation for any number of specific writing applications—large or small—that produce intelligible reports of writing activity while providing the basic types of writing functionality that people need.

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She has written extensively on the social and institutional dimensions of risk communication in US, British, and South African coal mine safety training programs. Miller's research interests are in digital rhetoric, rhetorical theory, the rhetoric of science and technology, and technical and professional writing. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Argumentation , College English , the Journal of Business and Technical Communication , the Quarterly Journal of Speech , Rhetorica , and Rhetoric Society Quarterly , as well as in edited volumes published by university and commercial presses.

Professional Writing Lecture Series Each spring the PWR program brings a guest speaker to campus to discuss recent issues and research in the fields of professional writing and rhetoric. Spring David M.

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But that seems like all the more reason to be prepared for things like this to happen. The lack of appropriate response is absurd. Influenced by the legal, technical, and ethical responses of companies to large-scale technological disasters, the book is essentially a workplace study on mine safety. Boys are recruited out of high school to work in the coalmines, and communication particularly written communication is so crucial in those high-risk environments—filling out appropriate documentation, writing reports, proceeding appropriately if and when there is a disaster.

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