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Unformatted text preview: Lesson 2: Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose This lesson amplifies two characteristics of technical communication that you learned about in the previous lesson: technical communication addresses particular readers (audience) and helps readers solve problems (purpose). Understanding audience and purpose is critical to any technical communication task. Thus, the draft worksheet for your Basic Rhetorical Analysis (which youll be completing this lesson) asks you to focus on who your document was created for and why. The following overview will help you prepare to think about audience and purpose. Audience analysis, a basic principle of rhetoric for centuries, is considered today by many researchers and teachers to be the bedrock of technical communication. Many students have not thought much about the concept of audience because they have never had to consider it. Almost all of their writing has been directed to a single audience, not to multiple audiences. Typically, that audience has been the has been directed to a single audience, not to multiple audiences....
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2011 for the course ENG 202 taught by Professor Emily during the Summer '11 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
- Summer '11