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Subject:Re: Washington Post -- and more From:"John A. Newman" <johnn -at- OTG -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 19 Dec 1997 08:31:00 -0500
This thread has gone on so long, I just can't resist any longer. What I
have noticed in this thread (as well as others) concerns something I was
taught in college - lo, those many years ago - in my introductory English
courses and writing courses. Namely, once your writing goes to your
editor (and in many cases our boss is our de facto editor), you need to
relinquish basic ownership of the piece.
It is extremely commendable that so many of the people in our profession
want to do the absolute best that we can for our
customers/users/audience. This demonstration of integrity makes me proud
to have chosen to work in this field. It is also good and right to try to
bring our bosses/editors up to speed in the areas where we feel they may
(Rant coming) BUT, let's remember that we write (technically speaking
[pun intended]) for a particular practical purpose and not for therapy
(at least in our jobs). So stop whining when you're required to change
your baby. (Rant done - sorry for all the parenthetical comments). ;-)
There, now that I've opened a whole new can of worms, have a good day!
And Happy Holidays!
johnn -at- otgsoftware -dot- com
From: STaylor [SMTP:sntaylor -at- STARTEXT -dot- NET]
Sent: Friday, December 19, 1997 7:03 AM
Subject: Washington Post -- and more
"B> I resent being described as "entrenched" when every employer I've
worked for has insisted on a particular style... some moreso than others.
The material I'm writing now, while perfectly adapted to the market for
which it is intended, would bore the pants off anyone else."