Writing Futures Framework

Ann Hill Duin, Isabel Pedersen

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One of the greatest challenges facing professional and technical communication (PTC) scholars and instructors is a reticence to prepare for writing futures in advance of major technological transformations. This chapter posits Writing Futures as an organizing concept that places writing and technological evolution amidst the most complex, multifaceted problems that face professional and technical communication, its many related disciplines and industries, and our local and global communities. We highlight recent collections that employ speculative modeling and critical rhetorical frameworks for writing futures, noting the need for understanding, chronicling, and critiquing technological emergence. Citing the need for a dynamic, usable framework, we introduce a Writing Futures Framework for scholars and instructors to investigate and plan for the social, digital literacy, and civic implications of collaborative, algorithmic, and autonomous writing futures. We detail the book’s integration with Fabric of Digital Life (https://fabricofdigitallife.com/ ), a database and structured content repository for conducting social and cultural analysis about emerging technologies and the social practices that surround them. We conclude with an overview of the remaining chapters, an explanation of the integration of prompts and intertexts throughout the book, and scenarios that illustrate questions most critical to academic, industry, and civic contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Computational Intelligence
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages26
StatePublished - Jun 19 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in Computational Intelligence
ISSN (Print)1860-949X
ISSN (Electronic)1860-9503

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