Re:Formality is going bye-bye

Subject: Re:Formality is going bye-bye
From: "Damien Braniff" <Damien -dot- Braniff -at- asg -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2006 09:04:24 -0000

I don't know about the US but here in the UK there's been a big push
over the last number of years to 'quantify education' with schools being
ranked on exam results. While this has some merit it seems that pupils
are taught to pass exams rather than get an education (not always the
same thing). Year on year results have got better but with a big dumbing
down debate.

I think we live in an 'immediate' society at the moment - we have to
have everything NOW, often not prepared to put in the time to read etc.
Not sure if this indicated a 'dumber' society, a 'lazier' one or what.

However, getting back to TW <gr>, whatever the cause it impacts (to some
degree) on what we do and how we do it. People no longer read the
manuals (did they ever?!). They want the info now and we need to adapt -
audience is king :-)

Damien Braniff | Sr. Technical Writer
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