RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?

Subject: RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?
From: Traci Pearson <pearsontechcomm -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:48:51 -0600

I became a tech writer because of Haynes manuals.
I still have the first one my dad gave me,
falling apart and stained with oily fingerprints
(both his and mine). I still use them to this day!

At 01:16 PM 8/20/2009, you wrote:
>I just ran across this article about John Haynes, the publisher of the
>Haynes car repair manuals. The article had this to say about why people
>don't fix stuff anymore:
>
>"...Haynes does not produce manuals for all the menagerie of modern
>gadgets that now surround us.
>
>Neither have device manufacturers chosen to fill the void and produce a
>range of simple "how-to"s for taking apart everyday gadgets.
>
>The reasons for this are perhaps two-fold.
>
>The first is that society has become less curious in how machines work -
>they are no longer a novelty.
>
>We are surrounded by complicated machines and if we had to understand
>how each worked and how each could be repaired it would take up much of
>our leisure time.
>
>Secondly, the economic reward for looking after things is growing
>smaller.
>
>Increasingly the manufacturers of machines do not design them to be
>repaired, and so it is often cheaper and easier to throw the mobile
>phone, fridge or toaster away rather than repair it."
>
>http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8210144.stm


Traci Pearson
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References:
Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Ned Bedinger
RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Brian.Henderson

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