Technical Communicators and Digital Writing Risk Assessment
Posted: 17 May 2006
Date Written: May 2006
Both within and without organizations, technical communicators increasingly produce digital texts that are disseminated to global audiences (email, wikipedia writing, blogging, webpage authoring). Digital writing is not risk free. Writing for the web is different than writing for print. An effective technical communicator is one who is aware of, and has made an assessment of, the risk of digital writing. In order to conduct risk assessment, technical writers need increased digital-rhetorical sophistication as well as an understanding of the need to stay educated. Technical communicators, even when working in hybrid workspaces, should be accountable and responsible for their use of language.
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