Re: OT: How to write 85,000 books

Subject: Re: OT: How to write 85,000 books
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 19:55:17 -0400

On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 2:27 AM, David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Julie,
> While the titles the man is creating obviously have an extremely
> limited potential audience--if you happen to be one of those people,
> you may find the information invaluable.

I just have my doubts about how much use anyone would get out of a
bunch of random information pulled from a database by a computer
program. How is that much different than running a Google search?
Information, pulled from a database, by a computer program. Humans
give information structure and context. They provide details,
examples, anecdotes. Those are the things that make books worth
reading. And make non-fiction tolerable. (Have you *read* any
academic writing lately? Ugh. I was never so glad as when I finally
got out of grad school and could stop reading the drek they assigned
for homework.) I think artificial intelligence is still a long way
from replacing humans as authors.

Julie Stickler
Blogging about Agile and technical writing

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