Sacred overgeneralizations?

Subject: Sacred overgeneralizations?
From: Bill Burns <BillDB -at- ILE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 10:32:02 -0700

Let's revisit some of the hard stances we're seeing lately.

It is easier to teach an engineer to write than it is to teach a
"writer" or
"technical communicator" to understand and explain engineering
and technology.

> Stand-up training is always better.
> Stand-up training is the worst way to learn anything...
And some from the past...

x platform is better than y

a application kicks a** over b

HTML is superior to PDF

Great taste vs less filling

Floor wax vs dessert topping

Waitaminutefoax! It's both a floor wax AND a dessert topping!

I don't mean to pick on anyone, but I'm seeing some broad generalizations
cast about on the list lately. We do ourselves a disservice when we
eliminate alternative perspectives. As Beth Agnew pointed out, we have many
options between extremes. Let's consider the ranges of possibility instead
of locking our sights on the opposition du jour.

Bill Burns
Senior Technical Writer/Technology Consultant
ILE Communications
billdb -at- ile -dot- com

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