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Archive for June, 2009

Correcting quote misuse

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 15th, 2009

Quotation marks get more than their fair share of misuse. For some reason many people put things in quotation marksfor emphasis (perhaps they are “air quoting”?). [note: yes, that is an example of misuse]. I love this reaction to the misuse from the Fail Blog: Italics or bold are a much better methods of emphasizing […]

Ampersand Site: &

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 15th, 2009

Yes, there is a site (a blog really) on ampersands in use with lots of pictures. So, if you like ampersands, typography, punctuation, or are now curious, check it out!

Bad comon bar chart

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 5th, 2009

This is just a bad bar chart. (Presentation Zen’s larger size image) The really sad part is, this is a fairly common mistake (well not this exactly, but a similar application of the idea behind this). The blog I link to, Presentation Zen has some great comments. Do check them out. Among other various issues […]

Need a title? Conference title generator

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 4th, 2009

Sometimes one of the hardest parts of writing a conference presentation or an article is selecting an appropriate title. We want it to be catchy, concise (sorta, we are academics), “sexy”, and most of all fitting. Well now we have an easy solution! Annette Vee has provide us with a Conference title generator Here are […]

Rates of Tech Commers

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 3rd, 2009

This chart displays the freelance rates low, average, and high for technical communicators in various areas. While these may have changed slightly since the 2006 copyright, they still give one a ballpark of what a freelance technical communicators can make. Of course, freelance rates are a bit different than other salary rates, but the chart […]

Other reasons I teach New Media

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 2nd, 2009

This video, A Vision of Students Today, also speaks of why I teach new media and why I employ some of the techniques I do. This video is the results of a survey that was part of a digital ethnography class where students surveyed themselves. In this class, 200 students made 376 edits to the […]

Why I teach “New Media”

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 1st, 2009

This video, Future Technology 2009: The year of technology invention, covers why I teach “new media” and rhetorical communication with new media. This video is filled with eye-opening “facts” [note: none of these "facts" is referenced and it is unclear how factual they are. For example, their representation of Moore's law is off. I offer […]