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Counterfeit capital: searching for a silver lining in Bernadette Longo's Spurious Coin

Counterfeit capital: searching for a silver lining in Bernadette Longo's Spurious Coin Commentary 63 Counterfeit Capital: Searching for a Silver Lining in Bernadette Longo ™s Spurious Coin Michelle Trim Department of Humanities Michigan Tech University mdtrim@mtu.edu Dr. Bernadette Longo, Ph.D., uses the metaphor of devalued currency to trace some of the roots in technological history for technical writing ™s lack of intellectual and cultural capital. She ingeniously incorporates early threads of management and industrial technology, like the formation of the railroad, in an attempt to contextualize her research. Academics must view Longo ™s text, Spurious Coin, as just one branch of what must be a webbed tree of intersecting social attitudes towards knowledge definition and science. In understanding the gaps in Longo ™s narrative, people interested in technical writing might find her book to act as a launch pad for better defining the questions guiding their own research. In this review, I will focus on some of the important gaps I see in Longo ™s research methodology as she historically situates the emergence of engineering as a discipline and then as the determining factor in technical communication ™s subjugated position within the academy and industry. In order to begin expressing my reaction to and evaluation of Longo ™s book for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD) Association for Computing Machinery

Counterfeit capital: searching for a silver lining in Bernadette Longo's Spurious Coin

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Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
1527-6805
DOI
10.1145/504776.504784
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Commentary 63 Counterfeit Capital: Searching for a Silver Lining in Bernadette Longo ™s Spurious Coin Michelle Trim Department of Humanities Michigan Tech University mdtrim@mtu.edu Dr. Bernadette Longo, Ph.D., uses the metaphor of devalued currency to trace some of the roots in technological history for technical writing ™s lack of intellectual and cultural capital. She ingeniously incorporates early threads of management and industrial technology, like the formation of the railroad, in an attempt to contextualize her research. Academics must view Longo ™s text, Spurious Coin, as just one branch of what must be a webbed tree of intersecting social attitudes towards knowledge definition and science. In understanding the gaps in Longo ™s narrative, people interested in technical writing might find her book to act as a launch pad for better defining the questions guiding their own research. In this review, I will focus on some of the important gaps I see in Longo ™s research methodology as she historically situates the emergence of engineering as a discipline and then as the determining factor in technical communication ™s subjugated position within the academy and industry. In order to begin expressing my reaction to and evaluation of Longo ™s book for

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ACM Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD)Association for Computing Machinery

Published: May 1, 2001

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