For this assignment, we composed a Wikipedia style entry about a topic relevant to this course. We were instructed to locate a Technical Communications textbook and check the index for interesting terms. Then we searched wikipedia for a subset of those terms that did not already have wikipedia entries. Out of those, we selected Compressed Writing as our topic.
I was debating whether to include the fictional writing example. I think I’m justified in doing so. The technical writing formulation of compression – make a passage shorter – can be applied to any genre. In addition, it indirectly differentiates chronological compression from this version.
I found it interesting how many literary techniques go by the name of compression. There’s analytical compression for syntax analysis, chronological compression, and this.
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