Re: tech writers in the public eye

Subject: Re: tech writers in the public eye
From: "Alex Silbajoris" <alsilba -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 15:03:26


Perhaps the reason the Richter show chose a tech writer is the invisibility of the profession and its products in the general public view.

If the character had been a programmer, the next question would be what programs are produced? If it had been a bookeeper, some dramatic content might hinge on the handling of funds. If a boss, then how are the office relations?

But a technical writer? If the public thinks that anybody can write, then what is the value added by a "tech" writer? What's the difference between that and a "tech" valet parking attendant?

Or, what greater contrast than that between a guy who rules the universe, and a guy who sits in a drab cubicle doing "nothing" all day?

- A


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