RE: Are you a writer?

Subject: RE: Are you a writer?
From: "Kevin Christy" <kevinchristy -at- socal -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 23:10:21 -0800

--- Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com> wrote:

> To elaborate on this point: I always have trouble with the claim that
> our specialty is communication. Perhaps I take the ability to
> communicate for granted, but I consider it no more than the basic
> requirement for the job. To say that a writer communicates is a
> tautology, and not very useful. The question should be WHAT are we
> communicating, not whether we are doing so, or how skilled we are. After
> all, the ability to sling a memorable phrase or write grammatically is
> fairly common. The ability to structure material is much rarer, and
> depends on the material itself.

We must be writers; engineers and programmers would never have a weeklong,
soul-scouring discourse like this. Don't believe me? Go check out
slashdot. They may get into the metaphysics of property rights and the GNU
license, but they're not turning themselves inside out over what they do vs.
who they are.

Not that the conversation isn't valid. It's just that your SME's aren't
having it with themselves.



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