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Like millions of other Americans across the country, I still feel traumatized by the shocking violence that occurred at the Capitol on January 6th. The brazen entitlement on display by thousands of insurrectionists, exploding with such proud hatefulness, embodied a surreal quality that’s difficult to reconcile. Weeks later, I watched House managers offer the Senate a masterful representation of that ghastly day with compilations of videos that documented the brutal events. Because of the prosecutors’ meticulous efforts, the utter savagery came into even clearer, horribly disturbing focus.

Throughout the chaotic flurry, I noted the prominence of aggressive and notably Caucasian…


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A few weeks ago, I wondered about the background of our newest First Lady. In my online research, I discovered that Dr. Jill Biden is quite an impressive individual. Personally, I felt the most inspired by the fact that she pursued her doctorate while just a few years older than me. I’m now in the midst of this grueling yet deeply rewarding experience myself. So I know the rigor and intense commitment necessary to reach that ultimate objective.

To complicate these challenges further, I intimately understand that it’s not easy to return to the academic world at middle age. Though…


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Over the past horrifically tumultuous four years, I’ve joined millions of others to watch the evolution of Trump’s cruel regime, always feeling helpless and apprehensive. Throughout this entire period, I devoured information about our now lame-duck president. With uneasy eagerness, I absorbed every meanngful nugget, primarily to face my own fears about what damage he could do to our demoncracy, how he might destroy multiple freedoms to cement his power.

In each article, each study, each Facebook post from the numerous political groups I now follow, one startling consistency has remained within plain view. This president’s white maleness gives him…


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In this intensive, often troubling journey to Election Day, I’ve closely watched Donald Trump’s vicious rhetoric on the subject of women. To be blunt, the entire experience fills me with horror and dread due to his slew of disturbing contradictions and obvious misrepresentations. From loud moans of victimhood against Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” to declarations of heroism for fixing suburban housewives’ dishwashers, the paradoxes are almost comical. If this man weren’t such a threat to women’s autonomy, I’d almost be amused by the evident conflicts.

But none of his ferocious deviations, where he seamlessly moves from demanding praise for…


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Perhaps it’s the stress of living at a time when the federal government openly demonstrates a callous disregard for the American public’s health. Or maybe it’s the constant anxiety of knowing an invisible, quite lethal virus looms in the air without any mitigation efforts whatsoever from those who hold positions of national leadership. But over these last torturous months, I’ve become exceedingly aware of the ways in which women’s voices, often advocates of moral avenues out of this nightmare, must navigate around systemic attempts to silence them. This misogynistic endeavor has always existed in our society. …


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On March 19th, I learned something about the online world that I’d never heard put into concrete terms before. There is a dark world online that’s always looking for ways to silence the voices of women and minorities. Dr. Jessica Reyman and Dr. Erika Sparby offered an enlightening presentation on this very subject as part of the STEMCafé’s series of lectures. Their discussion made me aware of an issue I’ve thought about while scanning Facebook. Until they shared their research, though, I had no idea the threat was so pervasive.

The most disturbing part of this factual information is that…


One of the things I enjoy most about the Technical Editing textbook is that it offers clear definitions of key terms. As I have mentioned in past blogs, much of my editing knowledge has been instinctual, developing from interactions and directions given by clients. To see detailed explanations of editing practices has really helped me better understand the actual theories well beyond the loose instructions I’ve absorbed over the years. The explanation of proofreading in chapter thirteen is no exception.

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Proofreading’s Value It’s very easy to confuse proofreading with copyediting as this chapter indicates. But proofreading is actually the final…


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One of the things I enjoy most about the Technical Editing textbook is that it offers clear definitions of key terms. As I have mentioned in past blogs, much of my editing knowledge has been instinctual, developing from interactions and directions given by clients. To see detailed explanations of editing practices has really helped me better understand the actual theories well beyond the loose instructions I’ve absorbed over the years. The explanation of proofreading in chapter thirteen is no exception.

Proofreading’s Value It’s very easy to confuse proofreading with copyediting as this chapter indicates. But proofreading is actually the final…


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In reading David Dayton’s article “Electronic Editing in Technical Communication: A Survey of Practices and Attitudes,” I am surprised by some of the findings. But I also think his explanation of today’s editing landscape is quite informative. He offers a global view of how editing has evolved and adjusted to changing times. Furthermore, his findings show that despite technological developments, the art of editing remains largely the same. As a writer-editor, I think his conclusions are extremely helpful. They provide important information about current trends in the field.

Examining the Survey Results

Based on the survey Drayton presents, editing appears…


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In “How to Do Things with Incoherence,” recently published by Peter Wayne Moe and Kyle Winkler, the authors offer a remarkable argument for embracing an often discouraged outgrowth of writing. They view incoherence as a positive attribute that deserves recognition and more uplifting attention. I think these scholars’ claims are quite inspiring because they show the complexity of communicating effectively and how well-intentioned instruction can stifle creativity. As a composition instructor at NIU, I frequently see my students struggle to explain their ideas in ways that make sense. When concepts are especially complex, they tend to write longer sentences that…

Alisa Burris

A teacher who’s always learning while writing a dissertation about the cultural alienation of Jewish women writers

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