Terminal node problems: ANT 2.0 and prescription drug labels

Molly M. Kessler, S. Scott Graham

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This article examines prescription drug labels (PDLs) via an actor-network theory analysis to demonstrate current challenges with technical communication (TC) scholars’ appropriation of actor-network theory. The authors demonstrate that the complexity of the PDL network requires a more nuanced deployment of actor-network theory notions of durability and synchronicity. Specifically, the authors suggest that diachronic approaches to networks enable a more comprehensive understanding in ways that synchronic approaches cannot.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-136
Number of pages16
JournalTechnical Communication Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Actor-network theory
  • black box
  • diachronic
  • prescription drug labels
  • synchronic

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