RE: Who cares about ethics?

Subject: RE: Who cares about ethics?
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 09:29:11 -0400

There's no such thing as Technical Writer ethics, because there is no
standard for TW ethics that differs from ethics in general. That's like
saying that it is unethical for someone doing creative writing to plagiarize
some work, but it is OK for a technical writer (or reversed, it doesn't
matter). Or it is ethical for a TW to lie about a peer, but it is not for
someone who is not a TW (or reversed).

TW ignore ethics no more or less than the general population because TW's
are part of the general population. TW has nothing to do with it, and
Intercom does even less than that.

Intercom writes about ethics because it doesn't know enough about how to
write about technical writing.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com
NY: 212-414-6656
Dayton: 732-438-3372
Although she lives with seven other men, she's not easy.
------ Magic Mirror

-----Original Message-----
From: Dawn Whitlock [mailto:dawn -dot- whitlock -at- tait -dot- co -dot- nz]
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2003 11:05 PM
Subject: Who cares about ethics?

I'm a professional technical communicator and I'm writing an essay (as part
of a
course I'm taking) on ethics.

How do you feel about the following statement:

"Most professional technical communicators largely ignore the subject of
despite regular articles in the STC's Intercom magazine, believing ethics to
largely irrelevant to their professional development."

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