Faculty Advisor

Demetry, Chrysanthe

Abstract

I analyzed how science and technology are presented to the public. Topics I studied include rhetorical perspectives, contextual connections, and techniques for writing engaging nonfictional prose. Using this theoretical framework as a critical lens, I examined coverage of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Many articles failed to explain the historic significance, technological complexity, and military applications of the nominally-humanitarian technology of the Challenge. I conclude by writing an article about the Challenge that attempts to improve public understanding of robotics.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Major

Robotics Engineering

Major

Professional Writing

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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