Re: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site

Subject: Re: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site
From: DGoldstein -at- DeusTech -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 15:17:09 -0600

While I don't share Andrew's general view of humanity (see his post from May 1st, "I'd rather work 90 hours a week for myself than 10 for somebody so stupid, they should be ground up into hot dogs"), I think it's clear that there are grossly incompetent workers in every profession.

I don't see what we could do collectively to clean up our diffuse professional community. Rather, listservs such as this one help us get better at what we do -- and in *some* cases, to distinguish ourselves from those who don't care about getting better.

Look at the bright side: Unlike doctors, truck drivers, and day care workers, a grossly incompetent technical writer is unlikely to kill anyone.

Dan Goldstein

> Bruce,
> Thank you for sharing this experience. I'm surprised
> that no one has responded, but I guess real-world
> validation of Andrew Plato's hypothesis is hard to
> refute.
> I think the link between subject matter expertise and
> content/design is becoming stronger and more crucial
> as we speak. Maybe that scares a lot of us, as it
> requires that we choose an area of specialization,
> which might restrict the pool of employers for whom we
> might work. Or would it make us more valuable?
> Steven Brown
> Technical Writer


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