A: Yes. Re: Are editors still needed today?

Subject: A: Yes. Re: Are editors still needed today?
From: "B.J. Smith" <bjsmith -at- ucar -dot- edu>
To: yehoshua paul <yehoshua -dot- p -at- technicalwriting -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 08:16:54 -0600

Your friend may be right in the final sentence - you can get away with poor editing only for so long.

I recently came across another take on the importance of writing and editing. Yes, it is ancient by some standards (1990), but I found it thought-provoking and valuable.

One key sentence: Improving the quality of writing actually improves the quality of thought.

I believe that is still true.

Here's a link: http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/the-science-of-scientific-writing

B.J.

My opinions do not represent those of my employer or anyone else for that matter.

On 6/6/2012 7:41 AM, yehoshua paul wrote:

This article was written by a friend of mine who works in marketing. As sad
as this is, I tend to agree. When companies end up targeting global
audiences the level of English is not that critical. I know that the only
person who will notice if I miss a period, or forget to capitalize a word
is me. Professional pride, and the need to keep my writing skills prevents
me from doing so, but does my target audience really care? I don't think so.

http://rebeccarachmany.com/2012/06/8-excellent-reasons-you-dont-need-an-editor/

Have a great day,
Yehoshua Paul
Community contributor and documentation expert
http://technicalwriting.com/

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