by Junzhe Zhu, Elizabeth Wickes, and John R. Gallagher.
This article uses a machine learning algorithm to demonstrate a proof-of-concept case for moderating and managing online comments as a form of content moderation, which is an emerging area of interest for technical and professional communication (TPC) researchers. The algorithm sorts comments by topical similarity to a reference comment/article rather than display comments by linear time and popularity. This approach has the practical benefit of enabling TPC researchers to reconceptualize content display systems in dynamic ways.
Hello, SIGDOC community— I’m writing as Chair of SIGDOC and on behalf of the Executive Committee to share our official statement on anti-Asian racism in light of the mass murder that took place in Georgia (USA) on March 16th. We
We are happy to announce the latest issue of Communication Design Quarterly (Volume 9 Issue 1) is now live! Featuring work by Shannon Butts, Madison Jones, Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, Breeanne Matheson, Mai Ibrahim, Temple West, Elisa Cogbill-Seiders, and Elizabeth E. Weems
Special Issue Proposal: The infrastructures of communication, writing and design Download the CFP in PDF format Over the last two decades, the social sciences and humanities have gone through somewhat of an “infrastructural turn” that has renewed focus on the
by Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq and Breeanne Matheson
As the field of technical and professional communication (TPC) has moved toward more inclusive perspectives, the use of decolonial frameworks has increased rapidly. However, TPC scholarship designed using decolonial frameworks lacks a clear, centralized definition and may overgeneralize and/or marginalize Indigenous concerns. Using a corpus analysis of TPC texts, we assess the ways that the field uses “decolonial” and propose a centralized definition of “decolonial” that focuses on rematriation of Indigenous land and knowledges. Further, we offer a heuristic that aids scholars in communication design appropriate for decolonial research and teaching strategies.
by Shannon Butts and Madison Jones.
This article shares lessons from designing EcoTour, a multimedia environmental advocacy project in a state park, and it describes theoretical, practical, and pedagogical connections between locative media and community-engaged design. While maps can help share information about places, people, and change, they also limit how we visualize complex stories. Using deep mapping, and blending augmented reality with digital maps, EcoTour helps people understand big problems like climate change within the context of their local community. This article demonstrates the rhetorical potential of community-engaged design strategies to affect users, prompt action, and create more democratic discourse in environmental communication.
The SIGDOC executive committee is pleased to announce the winners of the two Career Advancement Research Grants for 2020. Congratulations to Sweta Baniya, Ph.D for the project “Exploring Risk and Crisis Communication Practices of Transnational Feminists in Ensuring Equity and Justice During COVID-19” and to Avery Edenfield, Ph.D for the project “Queer Becomings: The Ethics, Rhetoric, and Materiality of Care in Trans Networks.”
Congratulations again to both winners! We are excited to see this project come to fruition and are pleased to support it.
We are happy to announce the latest issue of Communication Design Quarterly (Volume 8 Issue 4) is now live! Featuring work by Ryan Cheek, Lynda Olman and Danielle DeVasto, and Bremen Vance and Lauren Malone
by Lynda Olman and Danielle DeVasto.
In this essay, we propose a hack of existing models of environmental risk communication so that they will better address Anthropocene risks. We focus our discussion on a key area of risk communication: environmental risk visualization (ERV). Drawing on social-constructionist theories of risk and our own research on ERVs, we assemble criteria for designing and evaluating ERVs based on their hybrid collectivity—meaning their ability to collect agents around themselves over time and across traditional Modern divides between human/nonhuman, expert/nonexpert, and nature/culture. We test the criteria on two ERVs from the 2011 Fukushima disaster and discuss the resulting promises and challenges of an approach to risk communication motivated by hybrid collectivity.
by Ryan Cheek
Building on the work of technical communication scholars concerned with social justice and electoral politics, this article examines the Coray for Congress (1994) campaign as a case study to argue in support of a more formal disciplinary commitment to political technical communication (PxTC). Specifically, I closely analyze the ideographic communication design of pre-digital PxTC artifacts from the campaign archive. The type of pre-digital political communication design products analyzed in this article are ubiquitous even today. The implications of four dominant ideographs are analyzed in this case study: , , , and . Key takeaways for PxTC practitioners, educators, and scholars are discussed.