Re: Creativity in Technical Communications

Subject: Re: Creativity in Technical Communications
From: "Tony G. Rocco" <trocco -at- NAVIS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 14:20:31 -0800

I knew I had that name wrong! Fran Leibowitz it is. Thanks for the correction.

Wayne, you did seem to imply humor to the extent that you were responding
directly to a post that mentions books that use humor to allay the anxiety
of novice users. As I read it, you said that that sort of creativity, and
anything like it, I presume, is viewed with suspicion and mistrust in
corporate circles. My objection is to your acceptance of Rachel's
assumption that there is nothing in inherently creative in technical
communication and that the only way to be creative is to be humorous or
anecdotal. That's why I made the "nonsense" remark, for which I apologize,
by the way, since someone emailed me that it was a "cutting" remark (I get
carried away sometimes).

My point is simply that technical communication involves much that is wrote
and routine, but offers an opportunity to be innovative from time to time
as well without cracking jokes, telling funny stories, or drawing cartoons.

- tgr

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