Spurious Coin: A History of Science, Management, and Technical Writing (Suny Series, Studies in Scientific & Technical Communication (Hardcover))

Spurious Coin: A History of Science, Management, and Technical Writing (Suny Series, Studies in Scientific & Technical Communication (Hardcover))

Bernadette Longo


Offers a story background of technical writing as a cultural perform and the procedure of clinical wisdom it controls.

Spurious Coin constructs a cultural background of technical writing within the usa and the approach of medical wisdom and tool it controls. Embedded during this heritage are tensions among clinical and liberal arts knowledge-making that render technical writing either the true and counterfeit coin of medical wisdom inside of our tradition. while medical wisdom is made via scientists and engineers, it could actually flow as actual forex in an economic system the place conversation makes wisdom. while clinical wisdom is made through liberal-arts proficient technical writers, although, it circulates as spurious forex and threatens the purity of the data economic system. as the balance of the medical wisdom financial system is at stake, scientists and technical writers frequently locate themselves at odds over the price of clinical wisdom minted by means of non-scientists.

Longo constructs this cultural heritage round a framework of 5 highbrow developments: using transparent, right English; greatest potency of construction and operation; the necessity to give a contribution to a common fund of medical wisdom for the betterment of the human situation; the strain among the position of technology and paintings inside of a tradition; and a redemptive urge to purify language and standardize perform. She additionally explores the position of mechanical engineers in designing administration structures which depend upon technical writing to regulate operations and profits.

"Putting medical, technical, verbal exchange practices in cultural contexts is vital, and it's only lately that such paintings has began. A heritage resembling this can be an exceptionally vital starting place for that firm. in addition, the representation of the destabilizing results of liberal-arts-influenced communicators construction fiscal and political capital in the geographical regions of technological improvement is interesting and illuminates the serious function that either teachers and practitioners play within the evolution of technology-driven economies. ultimately, the old sweep of this article is really amazing. to determine the evolution and ameliorations from the Greeks to the post-World struggle II the USA is kind of powerful." -- Stephen Doheny-Farina, writer of The stressed Neighborhood

"Longo has captured for her reader a historical past that few others have attempted--and not anyone has performed as well." --Mary M. Lay, coauthor of Technical Communication

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