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Pleasing some of the people some of the time: How authors, subjects, and readers assess the complex landscape of "audience" in wildland fire incident reviews (Abstract)


Ziegler, Jennifer; Black, Anne E. 2012. Pleasing some of the people some of the time: How authors, subjects, and readers assess the complex landscape of "audience" in wildland fire incident reviews (Abstract). In: Robinson, M., comp. Program and Abstracts of 3rd Human Dimensions in Wildland Fire Conference; 17-19 April 2012; Seattle, Washington. Missoula, MT: International Association of Wildland Fire. p. 56.

When unexpected outcomes occur in wildland fire, reports from incident reviews carry a symbolic value beyond the factual information they contain. Popular perception of incident reviews is that the organization has identified the root cause with an eye toward system change, and that the final report chronicles "the" final, definitive, and authoritative version of events. However, participant comments from a series of dialogue sessions on Learning from Escaped Prescribed Reviews reveal that authors, subjects and readers of reports engage in a much more complex process of audience analysis that affects the writing, the reading and ultimately the credibility, of incident reports. Accounts from report writers attest to the weight given to the delegating authority (a specific local audience about which many public readers may be unaware), but also an ongoing sensitivity to potential reactions by other audiences.

Keywords: wildland fire, incident reviews


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Pleasing some of the people some of the time: How authors, subjects, and readers assess the complex landscape of "audience" in wildland fire incident reviews (Abstract)
Electronic Publish Date: October 2, 2012
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