Shaped and Shaping Tools.
See in the above clip opponent of technology in action!
The chapter impressed me about the new revelations I learned about twitter which I didn’t know before. The rhetoric surrounding Twitter and the rhetorical implication of Twitter are becoming fascinating and are everywhere. Before I read this chapter I didn’t know that :
- Twitter is ideal for sharing quick messages with groups. Probably because I didn’t use Twitter before reading this chapter.
- Shows all signs of real cultural phenomenon reason being the notion of being widely mocked being featured on “The Daily Show”.
- Recently featured during a NASCAR race as well as receiving mass media coverage.
As if this was not enough there is that side of technical communicators perspective which I find most interesting. There are emerging rhetorical implications of Twitter.
- Twitter is public – when you post and ask for help incase you have a problem with installing something, within seconds you will get response on Twitter more than in a class settings.
- Twitter can be endlessly resorted and reorganized. Twitter is not like most messaging systems which are designed for short-lifespan messages. Popular current trends in lists, can be search via location through Twitter search.
- Twitter is powerful in the aggregate. The public tweets allow Twitter to offer new and interesting possibilities for searching which help users to find and track events too new to appear on Google.
Twitter has been a versatile discovery and its helpful in information sharing, messaging in professional settings as well as accomplishing workplace tasks.
What I learned:
- Cultural affiliations of technology – having some baseline, cultural agreements about what technologies should be allowed(p.88). The cell phone has its critics. Cell phones are not allowed in classes disturbance and in doctor’s offices, and movie theaters because they jam technologies. I like how Clark termed all these opponents of technologies.
- Another interesting point Gurak (1997), I like how Gurak showed interest in leveraging the rhetorical concepts of interpretive communities and the two key rhetorical elements namely ethos and delivery to evaluate the rhetoric used by on line communities.
- The “bridging’ between worker and tool. The argument by “Spinuzzi (2003), technical communicators have seen texts that they produce – manuals, references, instructions as bridging between worker and tool. This topic can be discussed at length and it is debatable. It reminds me of the middleman threat when it comes to the digital world.