Re: The "fundamentally trivial business [of] technical writing"

Subject: Re: The "fundamentally trivial business [of] technical writing"
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Tech Writers List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:20:11 -0400

Well, the fundamental business of technical writing is, itself, fairly
trivial. On its face it's a necessary evil for companies to supply
information about their products and services. What's not
fundamentally trivial is how this information impacts target markets,
aids the organization in attaining its business goals, and ultimately
contributes positively to the whole of why and how the company is in
business. The act of writing is just a small piece of our involvement.
We can't look at that one facet as the be-all, end-all of what we do.

On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM, DoughtyTechWriter Mordant
<doughtytechwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> -- this deathless phrase courtesy of Tim O'Reilly.
>
> I wonder if this opinion got attention when it was first expressed (in an essay in 2004). It is referred to in this take-down of O'Reilly:
>
> http://thebaffler.com/past/the_meme_hustler
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> Doughty
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