Ten Technical Communication Myths
Abstract:Myths often represent the very human attempt to explain something important but poorly understood, such as the turning of the seasons, or to provide cautionary tales to warn listeners against unsanctioned behavior, as in the myths of Prometheus and Epimetheus. The fascination inspired by myths has kept many alive across the millennia, but despite the degree of abstraction or exaggeration that makes them so fascinating, there is often a grain of truth or an insight into some fundamental aspect of the human condition at their heart. In our current enlightened age, we fancy that we’ve grown beyond the need for myths, yet “urban legends” abound (particularly on the Internet), and many of the things we do in our daily work are strongly influenced by “rules of thumb” that are, in a very real sense, a form of myth.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 2000
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