Re: Somewhat OT: Tech Writers vs. other writers

Subject: Re: Somewhat OT: Tech Writers vs. other writers
From: Jo Francis Byrd <jbyrd -at- byrdwrites -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 09:21:43 -0500

Andrew Plato wrote:

You're correct, there are a lot of people flooding into tech writing. For this I blame the font fondlers and other non-technical, non-writer types. These people have presented a load of crap for decades that writers can be accomplished professionals without acquiring any "hard" technical skills. Look at the STC annual conference this year. I counted one or two technical presentations among hundreds of "career development" and "earn the respect you deserve" type seminars. For a profession desperate for respect, a lot of its leading people do nothing to help earn it.

Most of us here know Andrew doesn't have a high opinion of STC (or rather, he does, but it's not the kind STC wants him to have!). While I don't share his opinion (being a senior member like I am), his assessment of this year's conference offerings are right on target. One of this afternoon's sessions is titled (I am NOT making this up!), "Sexual Sterotypes: Arguing the Feminine in Cyberspace."

Give me a bur-rake!

The technology offerings are, for the most part, too few and somewhat lightweight. Even so, those are the ones I'll attend.

Jo Byrd


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