Re: Re-upping STC membership?

Subject: Re: Re-upping STC membership?
From: "nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 04:14:30 -0500

On 11/12/07, Dori Green <dgreen -at- associatedbrands -dot- com> wrote:
> My opinion is
> that we (STC members and officers) should be the leaders in our field
> (technical communication).

That would be great. But my impression is that
in any profession-- not just technical writing--
many of the best practitioners shrug off
the professional organization because
personally they can do fine without it. I think
that professional organizations are driven mostly
by the work of the professionals who feel they
need the organization's support. Look at someone
who makes it to the top professionally but
still sticks around in the organization, and--
pardon the overgeneralization-- you'll find someone
unusually altruistic, unusually egotistical, or
in a position to benefit from publicity. Maybe
all three at once.

Mark L. Levinson - nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il
Mark discourses to fellow Israeli techwriters in
The Why of Style, at

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