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

Subject: RE: mastery (was RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?
From: Damien Braniff <Damien -dot- Braniff -at- asg -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:38:54 +0100

Kevin said:

<I think the 10,000 hours refers to specific, directed practice at a particular kind of task. So, you'd have considerably less than that at the individual discrete skills that you employ to do the overall job. For example, somebody who has simply "been a working musician" for five years is not necessarily going to be a master at an instrument on which they've only dabbled, nor will they immediately master conducting, even if they got _some_ practice at it while they were busy working their way up to "first cello" during their five years with the philharmonic>

I'd agree in principle but I'd say that in your example the person would say they were a cellist rather than a musician - a specialist sub-field of the musician's art. I class myself as a technical writer, a specialist subset of the writing field. Just as the cellist may play piano etc I may write a little fiction, poetry, whatever but it's not may expertise. I may do it for pleasure and find it helps my technical writing but that's by-the-by.

Technical writing is what I do and just as the cellist may play classical, jazz etc I may write about software, hardware, etc. Tools = cellos and a 'better' cello might give a more pleasing sound but a good cellist will (should!) still get a recognizable tune. Ditto with me, Frame, Words, etc - I should still deliver a 'good' doc. Analogy going too far :-)

Damien Braniff


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References:
Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: john rosberg
RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Al Geist
RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Leonard C. Porrello
Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: voxwoman
mastery (was RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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