Re: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information

Subject: Re: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information
From: 'Technical Writing Plus' <doc-x -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 17:33:47 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

Right. One person's garbage is another's treasure. You say tomahto I say tomeyto. Or one person's apple is another's tomato (joking here)?

What about 'Mathematics' or 'Science'? No one creates them, right? They are 'uncovered'? Strictly speaking , uncovered is probably the better description. But 'create' can also describe the process/

Jim Jones

chineseadjuster.webs.com

(congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks, who won the Stanley Ccup this week)


-----Original Message-----
>From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
>Sent: Jun 12, 2010 5:19 PM
>To: TECHWR-L Digest <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM>, Steven Jong <stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net>
>Cc: Steven Jong <stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net>
>Subject: Re: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information
>
>...Information just is. It is one of the basic design elements of the universe. Earth, air, fire, water, information. Ancient Greeks thought that everything tangible was comprised of varying proportions of the first four, but they didn't realize that information is needed to set what those proportions are.
>
>OK, so much for metaphysics. But frankly, nobody "creates" information. There are times when a tech writer will discover something about a thing that the engineer or designer or builder didn't realize. Like when I've built help systems and when they're reviewed the QA guy says "No, that's wrong," and I tell him that is how the system actually behaves and I've seen it. Sometimes, they have to modify the software because I found a problem they weren't aware of earlier. I guess you could say that I "created" information but I look at as uncovering something. ..
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