RE: Seen the STC Survey on May 22? (Was: TC definition)

Subject: RE: Seen the STC Survey on May 22? (Was: TC definition)
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 15:41:43 -0400

Gene Kim-Eng sorted us out with:

> The same could be said for "medicine." How many
> neurosurgeons or oncologists do you know who want
> to be introduced at a party as a "medical professional?"
> The problem with "technical communicator" as opposed
> to "technical writer," "illustrator," "editor," etc., is the same
> as "medical professional:" it may be usable as the most
> generic of occupational categories, but it tells those
> who hear it nothing about what you can do or why they
> might need you.

Also, nurses, who often work shifts at hourly wages, and even
paramedics, who... often work shifts at hourly wages... have been known
to call themselves medical professionals. That would lead immediately
into the same sort of confusion as seems to be the basis of the lawsuit
in that other thread.

Kevin
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References:
Seen the STC Survey on May 22? (Was: TC definition): From: Pro TechWriter
Re: Seen the STC Survey on May 22? (Was: TC definition): From: Jay Maechtlen
Re: Seen the STC Survey on May 22? (Was: TC definition): From: Bill Swallow
Re: Seen the STC Survey on May 22? (Was: TC definition): From: Gene Kim-Eng

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