Re: Excellent post by Mark Baker regarding content jobs

Subject: Re: Excellent post by Mark Baker regarding content jobs
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:08:06 -0700

On 10/24/2013 2:30 PM, Dan Goldstein wrote:

I think I see his confusion. The definition of "technical writing" is contentious, but any given writer's job can be very well defined. His thesis that "content jobs are never well defined" is obviously wrong.

I think the issue in the post is that Mark Baker does not know how to define "content jobs" so he assumes "content jobs" are not well-defined. "Content" may include anything like writing, graphics, code, specifications, heuristics, demographics, and anything else that can printed whether bound or posted online. For me, a content job is anything that includes content. Specific jobs have more specifications.

Technical writers produce technical documentation that provides objective and tangible content related to company's product, service, or process, rather than subjective and abstract content like that used in marketing documents. There is a range of technical writing jobs that varies by company, industry, role, technology, and sometimes, writer.

I think for someone looking at the vast range of types of technical writers, the discipline can look undefined. When that person makes an assumption that every content job should be defined well enough for someone who does not understand the vastness of the discipline, then that looks silly. Mark's thesis that the jobs are not well-defined simply because there is contention about various jobs is ill-founded.

I can understand (and not necessarily agree with) his observations between brick and mortar jobs. His thesis is full of unsupported assumptions and I do not see how his discussion supports his thesis. I think he should abandon his thesis and find another one for his discussion to support.










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References:
Excellent post by Mark Baker regarding content jobs: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: Excellent post by Mark Baker regarding content jobs: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: Excellent post by Mark Baker regarding content jobs: From: Lauren
RE: Excellent post by Mark Baker regarding content jobs: From: Dan Goldstein

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