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Subject:Re: Information Mapping - VCRs From:Kent Newton <kentn -at- METRIX-INC -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 27 Jun 1996 11:34:00 PDT
On Thursday, June 27, 1996 9:17 AM, Bob Morrisette quoted me:
>>The fact that 99 percent of
>>Americans don't know how to program their VCRs indicates to me that the
>>VCR manuals aren't acheiving that goal. Now, if the information was
>>presented in an enteraining way, maybe 99 percent of Americans would
>>their manuals and know how to program their VCRs!
Bob then added:
>Please give your source for the 99% figure. I don't believe it.
>The VCR manuals of today are much better than the manual that came
>with my first VCR in 1980.
I was simply parroting the figure that Bill Hartzer used in his post, to
which I was replying. I doubt that figure is based on any scientific
research or even that it is accurate; I think it was used simply to make
a point (though, for the life of me, I don't see what the point was).
I have two questions, though:
1. How many VCR manual writers have we ticked off by picking on them,
2. Bob, are you any relation to Alanis Morrisette?
Senior Technical Writer
kentn -at- metrix-inc -dot- com
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