Saturday, January 20, 2007

Next Slide, Please

In the upcoming article in Wired magazine entitled "The Invisible Enemy," which is on acinetobacter, a drug-resistant supergerm unintentionally being cultivated in the evacuation chain of wounded from the Iraq war, the writer implicitly notes the dramatic contrast between two commonly used electronic genres in its communicative norms.

The reporter points out that one veterans' activist started a website,, to which "e-mail started pouring in." A few sentences later, he explains that the government also responded to health anxieties with a risk communication plan. A PowerPoint presentation at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine on the subject of acinetobacter had a slide labeled "How to handle the press" that read "Don't lie. Don't obfuscate. Don't tell them any more than you absolutely have to."



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