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Episode 5--An Interview with David Berube

Episode 5--An Interview with David Berube

The Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology (ARST) celebrated 20 years in 2012. The ARST Oral History Project was conceived to document the institutional history of the organization and the larger intellectual history of the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine.

This interview, with David Berube, Professor from North Carolina State University, features:

*The necessity of propaedeutic translation, especially for fringe and emergent sciences
*The risks of mindless metaphors
*Why the rhetoric of technology has less visibility
*Concern about the "woe is us" attitude
*On making strategic decisions about audience
*Why staying on top of the science means you might never read fiction again
*The inevitable frustrations that accompany trying to influence policymakers
*Why avoiding the "r" word helps gain credibility in policy and industry circles
*How being a rhetorician of science makes one a good rhetorician in front of scientific audiences
*Contemplating the rhetor