Re: "Tech writers" are not "tech writers"

Subject: Re: "Tech writers" are not "tech writers"
From: Laura Lemay <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>
To: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 14:19:40 -0700

> One such troubling event is the recurrence use of the term "tech
> writer" to apply to "technology writers," or those columnists and
> bloggers who write about computers for media outlets of varying sizes.
> There are good technology writers (Dvorak) and bad ones, but I want to
> gain some distance from those who will always invoke controversy and
> those who just want to write some good docs.

You're going to lose this battle. Technology journalists have been
called "tech writers" in the magazine/book world as long as people have
been writing about technology. The title is well established there.
Its just similar jargon from different spheres.

If it's any consolation they get really confused about us, too. The
notion of working for one company on one thing, for *years* even,
without bylines, without a point of view -- its really foreign to them,
and they find it kind of icky.

Then you tell them how much you get paid and they go all green and ask
you where they can find some work like that. :)


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