RE: Tech writers are the new accountants

Subject: RE: Tech writers are the new accountants
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "Lin Sims" <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:22:31 -0500

The person who brings up the idea of a survey question gets to write

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lin Sims [mailto:ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com]
> Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 10:45 AM
> To: Cardimon, Craig
> Cc: Stuart Burnfield; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Tech writers are the new accountants
> On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 10:42 AM, Cardimon, Craig
<ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> This week's episode of TV medical drama House features a recluse
> > has
> >> unexplained seizures. He suffers from crippling agoraphobia and
> > refuses
> >> to leave his home to be diagnosed and treated. He believes he's OK
> >> way he is because he can get everything he needs delivered, and you
> >> know, *he writes technical manuals for a living*.
> >>
> >> Possibly this guy could get some life coaching from the protagonist
> >> 2003 movie The Technical Writer, "... a chain smoking agorophobe
> >> lives in abject squallor," who has "terrible personal hygeine" and
> >> "would be happy to live his life in his basement apartment except
> >> the crazy people who keep forcing him to respond to their own
> >> desires."
> >
> > Looks like we technical writers get the *beat down* once again, eh?
> >
> > As Rodney Dangerfield would say, "We don't get no respect."
> >
> It's like we're some strange, alien species.
> Although a friend of mine has remarked more than once that technical
> writers are weird because they like to write, whereas MOST people
> would rather get poked in the eye with a sharp, pointy stick.
> Might be an interesting survey question, especially if you added in
> other types of writers (journalists, magazine, ad, script writers,
> novelists, etc.) and then compared the results between those groups
> and tech writers and those groups (including tech writers) to the
> public at large...
> Lin Sims
> --
> (Yeah, I'm not volunteering to conduct that survey, either.)
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