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"Precious" is the word for it all right, but maybe not in the way you
intended... :-) I appreciate your concern, Geoff, but my lack of
pretentiousness has never harmed me -- not in my salary, nor in my
colleagues' respect, nor in the rich variety of projects I get to work
on. Your description of the workplace is awfully bleak, and, fortunately
for me, totally unfamiliar.
This all reminds me of the whole "technical communicator" thing. If I
wanted to call myself a Knowledge Silversmith, the people who work with
me wouldn't object. Maybe I can get the programmers to call themselves
What I *really* do at work falls clearly into Connie's definition of
Knowledge Management, Geoff's definition of Technical Communicator, etc.
My current, official job title is QA Manager, but my actual duties range
from Development Design Transfer to ISO 13485 Lead Auditing, with a
bunch of stuff in between.
I have a fun job with great pay, and people depend on me to do valuable
stuff that they can't do as well. I call myself a technical writer, but,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Geoff Hart
> Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 2:55 PM
> To: TECHWR-L; Dan Goldstein
> Subject: Knowledge is manufactured?
> ... In reality, some of us do only one of those
> things, and suffer accordingly in the workplace.
> Others of us do all three, at different times.
> Some of us even focus almost exclusively on the
> "creating something wholly new and precious"
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