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.

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Posted on October 23, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Great post! As I was reading your post about Twitter, it made me think of a recent story in the news about the Ohio man who let out 56 exotic animals of their cages before killing himself. Police took to Twitter to update people on situation but apparently the Sheriff didn’t quite get the 140 charcter limit as he Tweeted “”***ALERT**** Several wild exotic animals have got loose of captivity in the area of Kopchak Rd and Interstate 70. Citizens in that area…,”. (Source:

    I just looked at their Twitter account (!/mcso_tw) and it looks like they’re not quite getting the 140-charater limit. Fortunately, it looks like some Tweets link up to a full status update on their Facebook.

    Either way, I thought this was a fantastic use of social media that’s immediate and easy to follow if only they can limit the number of characters!

  2. Because you have begun your blog post with a provocative video clip, I would like to know how you feel about it’s content. Do you feel the Instructor was justified, or did she go too far?

    It seems to me that social media posts and text messages present a different set of rules. I remember a day when a phone would ring (land line or cell) and the receiver would beg your indulgence while they answered. It seems with twitter, Facebook and text messages there is no need to apologize when a person is distracted.

    Personally, I feel it is more often than not – rude.

  3. Robin,

    Honestly instructor in the video went too far. All she had to do was to tell the young man to go out of her class than what she did. Even if you are in your own territory you need to control yourself because in a class settings there is so much to learn from our professors. That is how I feel and I hope this will answer your question.

    We discussed this in another class last semester some people felt it is very important to finish conversation with face-to-face person than answering a phone. It is always good to mention earlier that you are expecting an important call. Then the person with you will always understand when you take a call. I think considering that the person with you is equally important as the person calling it is much better to do first come first served.

  4. Hi all,

    The moral of the video clip is that good teachers are inspirational. I have seen some people who decided to pursue a career in teaching because of a particular teacher directly or indirectly inspiring them to do so. Some times, people through teaching experiences with a particular teacher was so painful or distressing that they were inspired to become a teacher in order to make a positive difference. In the video above that teacher needs to go for anger management class. That is not a good example to students.

    There is a certain degree that human beings should take their anger to in order to maintain their selfesteem. That teacher went beyond that limit. Again we should know that if technology is misused it is not good to onlookers. Especially in a class room there is no reasoning to be able to answer a cell phone while the lecture is on it is a sign of selfishness. We should always remember the golden rule to be at peace with our fellow students.

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