Book Review

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age, by Daniel J. Levitin

Normally, I hate to use the cliché “in this day in age,” but this book gives me a perfect reason to do so. In this day and age, information is spread constantly, whether it be through social media, academia, or news. A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age teaches the reader how to sort through this information and determine what is right, what is wrong, and what is just a well-concealed lie. Continue reading “Book Review”

Book Review

The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, by Samuel Arbesman

According to the book itself, “This book is a guide to the startling notion that our knowledge—even what each of us has in our head—changes in understandable and systematic ways.” Written by Samuel Arbesman, The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date is about enabling the reader with an understanding of how facts change, because if we have an understanding of how they change, we can better cope with the world around us. Continue reading “Book Review”

Book Review

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, by Mary Norris

I will admit that I began reading Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen expecting a sort of grammar textbook, but that’s not the case at all. Although I would highly suggest having an interest in grammar before reading this book, it would be worth reading just because it is refreshing. It was wonderful to be able to experience grammar in such an entertaining way. Mary Norris adopted a writing style that is witty and mischievous. Her sense of humor was displayed immediately, just from the table of contents: Continue reading “Book Review”

Recap of Panel on Trends in Tech Comm

On Monday, February 13, panelists John Baker, Rich Leazer, and Bob Powell convened in the Welcome Center at Lawrence Tech to focus on three questions:

  1. Why does communication matter in the workplace?
  2. What types of internal and external communication are used?
  3. How is communication accomplished and what are the trends?
Panelists John Baker, Rich Leazer, and Bob Powell listen as moderator Corinne Stavish speaks.

Throughout the discussion, the panel focused on the need to be clear and concise, provide context, and be correct. They considered anticipating users’ needs, understanding audience, and the importance of interpersonal communication regardless of changing technology.  Continue reading “Recap of Panel on Trends in Tech Comm”