Teacher Response to Homework #4: Theory Is Hard Because of the Death of Theory

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The death of Theory; the birth of theory

One effect of the trends identified in this week’s readings: the death of expertise, the backlash against local-only approaches to culture, the shift from communication to content, etc. is that theory is now much harder. During the early days of our discipline we could talk about something called “technical communication” that was relatively coherent. It was largely technical writers translating specialist jargon for lay audiences.

This was technical communication, in other words:


Now, however, that is no longer an accurate description of the objects of our discipline, which range all over the place.

So, now our discipline is like:


This is actually a good thing, however, because it creates agency for new members of the field.