Tweeting an Ethos: Emergency Messaging, Social Media, and Teaching Technical Communication

  title={Tweeting an Ethos: Emergency Messaging, Social Media, and Teaching Technical Communication},
  author={Melody Bowdon},
  journal={Technical Communication Quarterly},
  pages={35 - 54}
  • Melody Bowdon
  • Published 1 January 2014
  • Sociology
  • Technical Communication Quarterly
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