Information Technologies and Mnemonic Technê

I posted this picture on Instagram as a joke, saying that I’m excited about working with book as soon as this semester has ended. One of the things I realized I didn’t do very well in “Architects of Memory” was to highlight key technological moments when/where a small number of people “invented” a type ofContinue reading “Information Technologies and Mnemonic Technê”

Invisible Colleges in Rhetoric and Composition, Part II

The following chart helps show the distribution of faculty placement that I described here. Here’s a recap of the data and how it was collected. I recorded the names of faculty associated with a rhetoric and composition program from each school listed as a member of the Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition.Continue reading “Invisible Colleges in Rhetoric and Composition, Part II”

Invisible Colleges in Rhetoric and Composition

* updated with a note on data collection 5/2/15 The Invisible College was introduced in Diana Crane’s book Invisible Colleges: Diffusion of Knowledge in Scientific Communities. The idea is a foundational part of sociology of science. Crane suggests that the memberships of knowledge communities influence the diffusion of ideas and what communities come to knowContinue reading “Invisible Colleges in Rhetoric and Composition”

Popular Sources/Authors in Professional and Technical Communication

Professional and Technical Communication is a relatively new field, with a fairly small set of journals that are central to the field. According to studies by Smith and Lowry et al. these are the core PTC journals: The Journal of Business and Technical Communication, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, The Journal of Technical Writing andContinue reading “Popular Sources/Authors in Professional and Technical Communication”