Code of ethics (was Re: Pet Peeves)

Subject: Code of ethics (was Re: Pet Peeves)
From: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 05:56:17 -0700 (PDT)

This reminds me of Robert A. Heinlein's concept of
"Fair Witnesses," or people whose sole purpose was to
observe and report fairly. It may have been a metaphor
for writing in general, or a discipline like Zen, but
it made a big impression on me as a kid.

"Fair Witness
Person rigorously trained to observe, remember, and
report without prejudice, distortion, lapses in
memory, or personal involvement."

And on a practical note, self-pity never did anything
for me either (even regarding the utter horrors of
daylight savings time).

--- elizabeth j allen <eja -at- samurai -dot- com> wrote:

> How does this last fit into technical writing? When
> we, as authors,
> attempt to impose our personal agenda on people
> around us, we stray from
> the path of clear and effective communication.
> No matter how strong the emotions we are feeling, we
> need to learn to set
> them aside and write objectively. Projecting our
> beliefs into our work is
> not appropriate, no matter how strong the emotion
> behind them. Use the
> words that best convey your meaning and move on.

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