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Re: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information
Subject:Re: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information From:"Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L Digest" <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Sun, 13 Jun 2010 09:37:20 -0700
In today's business environment, :"information" is a product. It is sold,
traded, stolen the same as an electronic device or an automobile. If whatever
we do to turn unusable or low-value data into useful, saleable "information" is
perceived as "creating product," it can be the difference between being
considered a revenue generaing function or a cost center. It's analogous to the
continuing effort I have made at every company I've managed for to impress upon
management that documentation, in whatever form it is generated, is not an
accessory to product, but part of it.
It's not so much about thinking of yourself as a "creator," but getting others
to think of you that way. Especially upper management poring over essential
resources lists at budget-cutting time.
I have been someone who hands off information to tech writers and a tech writer
who someone hands off information to. I much prefer to work at being someone
who can do both.
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From: "Keith Hood" <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
What I really wonder about whenever a topic like this comes up is, why would
people need to feel they are "creating" information? Why is it not enough to
think of themselves as manipulating or refining information? It's long been my
belief - founded on first hand observation - that when people start spending a
lot of time and thought on the philosophical or metaphyhsical underpinnings of
their work, it's because they're not getting enough out of *doing* their work.
And that usually comes from not working enough.
I think that when people start to think of themselves as information "creators,"
it's because there is some part of them that has needs which are not being met
by the work of being an information manipulators. In that case, maybe they
should start thinking about a different line of work. Maybe they should look
into a line of work where they are the ones who pass the information to the
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