Re: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information

Subject: Re: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information
From: John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 19:31:37 -0400

> 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

I SO disagree with this.

Information is what a human needs to understand what to do or what is happening.

Take a chemical reaction. Yes, the reaction takes place..we don't
create the reaction because we explain it. However, until there is
information about it, it may never happen again. Information allows us
to repeat it.

Take the theory of relativity. It was a phycal law. However, until it
was explained, we might not have had the benefit of knowing what e=mc2
allows us to do. e=mc2 is what a star has always done. Hoqwever,
until it was documented, there would not have been the bomb.

So...we don't create fact. However, we create information about a fact.


BTW...Steve...seeya Tuesday night.



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