- engage in literacy practices: they use symbols and texts (e.g., an alphabet, sign language, computer code) “to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute” (UNESCO 2006).
- use media and rhetorical reasoning to communicate.
- engage in a variety of composing efforts, including Invention, Writing with Sources, Collaboration, Design, Organization, Revision, Editing.
Alternative Article Titles: Writer, Speaker, Student, Knowledge Worker, Author, Researcher, Investigator, Rhetor, Sender
Symbol Analysts are people who manipulate symbols (language, images, quantitative data) in order to communicate.
Depending on context, Symbol Analysts go by a variety of names, including:
|A Plug for the the Terms Rhetor, Rhetors|
Rhetors are rhetoricians. They conduct rhetorical reasoning as they contemplate the best way to respond to rhetorical situation. In ancient Greece, the term rhetor referred to a rhetorician–i.e. someone who taught rhetoric. Since then, the term rhetor or rhetorician or technorhetorician (someone with expertise in both rhetoric and technology) has fallen a bit out of favor, a bit archaic in terms of diction.
The advantage to using the term Rhetor to writers, speakers, artists, and so on, is that it’s a broader term that encompasses these roles. Plus, the term privileges rhetoric, especially the rhetorical situation and rhetorical reasoning.