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  1. Dec 2016
    1. Put simply, the rule of thirds says that if you divide your page into thirds both vertically and horizontally, the points at which the grid lines intersect provide the natural focal points of a composition.

      When designing, for example a table, I always hear its good to have three of something and not an even number. Have three bouquets of flowers. I think with having a layout, there's a similar approach. Something about having an odd number of things is visually appealing on the eyes.

    1. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the Hispanic population has reached50.5 million people
    2. ‘as lit-tle as we know about technical communication in other countries, it isstartling how little research has been done on subcultures within the

      It's possible that researchers of technical communication have decided to go the "color-blind" route, as racial and ethnic differences shouldn't play a factor in the technical communication discussion. Research, for them, should focus on the content users as a whole, and not base on the community that they might have came from.

    3. presents data collected from research that used participatory design methods to discuss and address workplace safety and risk discourse in a way that Latino construction workers could more fully understand.

      This article description reminds me of the New London Group article that made a focus on trying to education a generation of people with wide range of ethnic backgrounds.

    4. While theseissues often are overlooked, go unnoticed, or are silenced, the articlesincluded in this special issue ofJBTCdemonstrate the prominence, andmuch-needed analysis, of race, ethnicity, and multiculturalism in technicalcommunication.

      I think some of these articles go unnoticed because people try to sculpt race relations in only certain contexts that the media portrays (i.e. wealth inequality and education). If the media discussed technical communication more, these topics of race would soon follow suite.

    5. While thenation has shown progress by electing its first African-American president,the education, employment, income, and health disparities between WhiteAmericans and historically marginalized groups still exist.

      The problem with people assuming race problems would cease after Obama was elected is due to the fact that Obama is used as a token. If one Black man can have that kind of success, than all Black people could, which is a logical fallacy.

    6. Even though (or quite possibly because) race as a concept and therebyracism still exist, many people, if not color-blind, avoid topics of race, eth-nicity, and culture in their daily conversations.

      As mentioned before, if only a select group of people decide not to mention race in their everyday conversations, while others do, the people who choose not to discuss race will likely look like a problem an indirect instigator of race problems.

    7. As Bonilla-Silva (2003)and others have shown, the color-blind ideology is false and usually trans-lates into societal practices that build on and bestow neutral WEA cultural,linguistic, and racial knowledge.
    8. For example, in some technical communica-tion classes, as in most classes, instructors adopt a color-blind perspective,reiterating the sentiment that race has no place in the classroom

      Similar to the case of the New London Group article, some classes may want to avoid the idea of "tokenism" in which a person is highlighted simply based on their nationality and that the focus on the minorities in the room will create an atmosphere that makes every minority a special case.

  2. techwritingf16.robinwharton.net techwritingf16.robinwharton.net
    1. Her sample structured writing curriculum includes four mod-ules: defining structure, structuring content, analyzing content, and reusing content

      Some of her modules overlap with each other. Each module is like a different step: one would need to understand the context of what structure is before applying this term to content, and so on.

    2. metadata

      a set of data that describes and gives information about other data -google Since the boom of the internet, the term metadata had to be used since codes overlap each other with different information.

    3. there is a glaring lack of involvement in CMS design by technical com-munication practitioners, teachers, and researchers.

      It would be difficult to use a product that was developed without the user in mind. If the technical writers are not involved in the process of CMS, an entire different level of technical communication must take place to understand the developers choices in creating CMS.

    4. Rather than thinking of the end productof their work as tangible products or even documents, they are beginning to see theirefforts as part of an endless flow of information

      Once a technical communicator has done what they are told to do with data, whoever's in charge of the project can simply filter that technical writer's "end result" in with some other content someone else made or they made themselves.

    5. as a solution to the short-term memory problem, theQuintilian tradition’s view of the physical writing surface as a structured space,and thus a means for visual memory,

      Just as technical writers use content management to translate data for content, in order to memorize some this information in short-term is to use visual memory instead of textual.

    6. ROI

      "return on investment"

    7. (a) ascontent being complete texts, and presentation being output structure, navigation,and visual style; and (b) as content being content modules, and presentation beingoutput structure, navigation, visual style, and genre definition

      In this separation, content is the core concept, while the presentation is the ways in which that content is arranged and manipulated.

    8. Changing the way people work is animmensely difficult task, especially if the changes most clearly benefit the organi-zation while doing nothing clearly beneficial for the individual users

      Part of the challenge as a technical writer is the content matters more that the author. Of course the ways an individual technical writer my operate may seem better than the CMS framework, at the end of the day, it is the person who is instructing the technical writer who is the main focus, not the writer.

    9. XML
    10. “process of collecting, manag-ing, and publishing information to whatever medium you need”

      The basis of technical writing: the ability to take information and distribute it in the format that suits the situation

    1. literacy pedagogy

      .My assumption the definition of this term would be the methods of teaching how to write.

    2. We decided

      This is where the main point of the article starts

    3. epistemology

      the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion. -google

    4. As lifeworlds become more divergent and their boundaries more blurred, the central fact of language becomes the multiplicity of meanings and their continual intersection

      Even through language, some dialects and pronunciations come from the fact that we mix cultures together (i.e. the English language having influences from languages like French overtime). The more we mix our cultures and communities, the more blurry our original communities become.

    5. When learners juxtapose different languages, discourses, styles, and approaches, they gain substantively in meta-cognitive and meta-linguistic abilities and in their ability to reflect critically on complex systems and their interactions.

      In a way, its like trying to be bilingual. Regardless of the person's native language and dialect, because these students are force to learn in an environment that does not push a "mainstream" agenda, they learn to learn like their fellow classmates without the standard educational background as their instructor. They all learn to think critically like their teacher, so going into the workforce, these students would already have the exposure of explaining something in multiple ways for anyone to understand.

    6. such as electronic mail (Sproull & Kiesler, 1991). These examples of revolutionary changes in technology and the nature of organizations have produced a new language of work.

      As this article was written in the mid-90s, the so called "revolutionary" form of communication to employees, email, is such common practice in the 21st century that it has become the expected form of communication. Of a more recent addition of communication, social media today has a more revolutionary appeal to it in which our working lives, public lives, and private lives all start to fade into one.

  3. Sep 2016
    1. multiliteracies
    2. the multiplicity of communications channels and media, and the increasing saliency of cultural and linguistic diversity


    3.  Being ten distinctly different people, we brought to this discussion a great variety of national, life, and professional experiences.

      From analyzing the ten people's backgrounds, they are all from English speaking, first-world countries. Although they can communicate and share ideas in a less constrained way with each other, they purpose of expanding literary pedagogy would be troublesome if they wished help people from non-English speaking backgrounds as well as people from developing countries.

    4. pedagogy


      the principles and methods of instruction