Dilbert & Tech Writers

Subject: Dilbert & Tech Writers
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 1995 18:25:43 -0700

The flap about Scott Adams began with his March 12th strip, which propmted
someone to write (in part):

>In a nut shell, a lady writer blows up at an engineer for not reviewing
>her stuff. The engineer relents, reads the stuff, and then says,
>"These pages are blank! You've been bluffing for months!" To which the
>humiliated writer replies, "I think I'll go have a yummy compost
>salad with delicious fetid cheese."

>It wasn't even mildly funny. It maligns women. It maligns tech writers.
>I paid good money to get insulted.

I don't remember the strip very well now, but at the time I wrote:

>I didn't see it as necessarily any more insulting to women or tech writers
>than anyone else.

>I remember puzzling over it for a while after reading it, but in the end
>I decided that it had a lot of conflicting messages. I still don't
>understand it, and it may just be stupid, but I don't find it offensive.

>By the way, the famous Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse (which once took
>a phone call from Air Force 1 reserving a table for two hours later)
>serves compost.

I copied Adams on this message. He may have received others as well. Shortly
afterward he sent his message to the list. I don't have a copy of it, but it
would have been around 3/16/95. ...RM

Richard Mateosian http://www.c2.org/~srm/ President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro

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