Reflections on Katherine T. Durack's "Gender, Technology, and the History of Technical Communication"
Women largely absent from history due to cultural blinders
What is technical writing?
1. Close relationship with technology (as either subject or function)
2. Associated with work and workplace
David Dobrin - writing that accommodates technology to the user
Killingsworth - technical writing exists to help readers achieve work-related goals -- to perform work, to solve problems in a work context
Inclusive definitions challenge dualistic thinking
- public vs. private
- household vs. industry
- masculine vs. feminine
Technical writing is social action, exists to accomplish something
Technical writing's close relationship to technology (knowledge, action, tools) -- not just inventions but innovations and implementations
Technical writing makes tacit knowledge explicitly
10 years ago