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Subject:Re: Re: Academic Pomposity From:Susan Brown <sbrown -at- JSCSYS -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 5 Mar 1997 18:48:49 -0500
At 12:56 PM 3/4/97 EST, you wrote:
>> This kind of
>> writing is what brought me into the writing profession in the first
>> place. I wanted to try to take highly technical things and explain
>> them so that (almost) anyone could understand them.
Me too. One introduction to computing text in 1974, and I decided to
be a person who wrote about computers, rather than a person who programmed
them. (I don't think we called them technical writers back then.) I have a
computing degree, but have always worked in teaching and documentation.
>> It is my
>> impression that academic types write in the opposite way, for an
>> opposite reason.
If you can't dazzle 'em with intellect, baffle 'em with bull****.
(Sad, isn't it.)
"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you
come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll