Re: Are tech writers inherently snobby?

Subject: Re: Are tech writers inherently snobby?
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Karen Field Carroll <kfcarroll -at- cox -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 22:51:35 -0400

If you're referring to the copied message, I think it's just you. I
see nothing in it but point and counterpoint.

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 5:41 PM, Karen Field Carroll<kfcarroll -at- cox -dot- net> wrote:
> Hello.
> For the second time in two days, I've posted to the list and gotten an
> off-line reply that I thought reeked with arrogance. Each time I wrote back
> and asked for clarification on the tone, because, as I'll be the first to
> tell you, I'm somewhat defensive and tend to read a lot into e-mails, and so
> I wanted to be sure I'm not being my over-protective self. (In today's case,
> the tone was so obvious I'm pretty darn sure it's not just me.) But this is
> such a consistent pattern--I've worked with many writers who thought they
> hung the moon--that I'm starting to wonder if people in our profession
> (including me, because I can definitely be a snob) are prone to being a
> holier-than-thou.
> Any thoughts?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+kfcarroll=cox -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+kfcarroll=cox -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of
> Gene Kim-Eng
> Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 1:47 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?
> I have my doubts about this one.  I think control enhancements will still
> keep
> most of the maintenance and repair operations out of the hands of end users,
> and
> the "future enhanced" spinning wheel will do more but require no more user
> skill
> than the old models peoples' grandmothers used to teach them to use.  If
> equipment becomes more design-for-service oriented and moves away from
> disposability, the maintenance and repair manuals will still be there, but
> as
> long as the "back to basics" trend doesn't go all the way back to people
> having
> their stuff made locally by village smithies, the people doing the related
> work
> will be providers of repair services.  There will always be some people
> techy
> and ambitious enough to want the Sams Photofact book, but most will bring
> their
> stuff to the repair shop or call the traveling fixers the way they used to
> back
> in the days of tube radios and TVs and cars with distributor caps and
> carburetors.
> The transition of tech writers' jobs *back* to being more interesting and
> more
> down-to-earth, but requiring more knowledge of what goes on under the
> hood.has
> already been in motion for some time now.
> Gene Kim-Eng

Bill Swallow

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