Subject: Re: SACRED COWS
From: Penny Staples <pstaples -at- AIRWIRE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 08:09:40 -0600

I've seen variations of this argument before on this list
(what background makes the best Tech Writer). All it
does is start a rather useless flame war. Let's not do
this again please.

Penny Staples
pstaples -at- airwire -dot- com

> From: John Gilger <bjgilger -at- EMAIL -dot- MSN -dot- COM>
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: SACRED COWS
> Date: March 24, 1998 9:06 PM
> Hi Everybody!
> Since my last comments regarding writing samples stirred up so much
> let's shoot at another sacred cow.
> It is easier to teach an engineer to write than it is to teach a "writer"
> "technical communicator" to understand and explain engineering principles
> and technology.
> I have worked with both, as peers and subordinates, and the engineers are
> more productive every time. Of course, I write documentation for high
> engineering projects, so the view is admittedly biased.
> If you want to be a good, well-paid, tech writer, get a BSEE or BSCS then
> get the hell away from those ivory towers.
> Fire off that email, this ought to be an interesting discussion.
> John Gilger
> "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach stick
> around for a Ph. D."

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