Re: Two kinds of people theory

Subject: Re: Two kinds of people theory
From: DaveC <peninsula -at- covad -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 22:42:55 -0700

Someone had a bad day [not] communicating?



My fellow writers are often amused by the inability of
non-writers to reply coherently to even the most succinct of
written inquiries.

When this happens, it reinforces one of my pet theories.
There are two kinds of people in the world...

For the first kind (technical writers are in this group),
natural language is a powerful and precise model of reality.
For the second kind, natural language is simply the noise
one makes while communicating information in a face-to-face
exchange. The actual communication happens subliminally and
is supported by physical gestures.

For people of the second kind, there is no more information
in technical writing than in the sound of a waterfall.



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