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We neurotic amateurs: a commentary on Edmond H. Weiss's `Egoless Writing: Improving Quality by Replacing Artistic Impulse with Engineering Discipline'

We neurotic amateurs: a commentary on Edmond H. Weiss's `Egoless Writing: Improving Quality by... The assertion that technical communicators tend to be `amateurs'---that is, lovers of their work--- is a claim with little foundation. Arguments toward regimentation and systematization of documentation writing are not calls to professionalize a currently-immature field, but rather attempts to emulate the hierarchy we have seen implemented in microprocessor engineering in the 1970s, software development in the 1980s, and content management in the 1990s. Such `egoless' methods may offer advantages to employers, but should not necessarily be considered `progress.' http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD) Association for Computing Machinery

We neurotic amateurs: a commentary on Edmond H. Weiss's `Egoless Writing: Improving Quality by Replacing Artistic Impulse with Engineering Discipline'

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Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
1527-6805
DOI
10.1145/584731.584736
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Abstract

The assertion that technical communicators tend to be `amateurs'---that is, lovers of their work--- is a claim with little foundation. Arguments toward regimentation and systematization of documentation writing are not calls to professionalize a currently-immature field, but rather attempts to emulate the hierarchy we have seen implemented in microprocessor engineering in the 1970s, software development in the 1980s, and content management in the 1990s. Such `egoless' methods may offer advantages to employers, but should not necessarily be considered `progress.'

Journal

ACM Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD)Association for Computing Machinery

Published: Feb 1, 2002

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