RE: SLAVE labor? Just a darn minute...

Subject: RE: SLAVE labor? Just a darn minute...
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 09:23:37 -0400

As a general rule, I avoid reading documents by analyzing each word out
of context and coming to a conclusion based on what a specific word
means or might mean irrespective of adjacent words and the context of
the sentence, paragraph, and document.

As a general rule, I avoid patching together different words and
sentences, out of context, from several different documents and
necessarily drawing a single conclusion from the new document I

As a general rule, I find what people read between the lines in a
document often speaks as much or more about the reader than the author.
Certainly, the author can signal alternate meanings, but generally in
technical writing this is not done.

Of course, your experience and traits as a technical writer might differ
from mine.

It's a global economy. Employers are seeking labor overseas (from the
USA) in India and other places for reasons of cost: it's cheaper (the
only other reason would be a lack of available technical writers in the
USA, which is definitely _not_ the case). On a job-for-job basis,
employees in India earn less money than their counterparts in the USA.
Clearly, these employers are happy with the quality of what they get
back, because they continue to do that. Technical writers and other such
professionals in the USA have to adapt. Even if those stated beliefs are
wrong, none of that is racist. If you think it is, your head's in the
wrong place.


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