Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Everyone Loves an Amateur

I like where Mark Baker is going here--there aren't any novices anymore, and if they are, they are unprofessional hacks who are hiding behind something.

The Internet has evolved quickly, and so has technology. Anyone claiming to be a novice simply hasn't professionalized themselves and should be avoided. But, having said that, there will always be an infatuation with amateurism and with deconstruction, whether it is in music or art and even in business. Someone will come along, do what seems to be wrong, and they will be rewarded by a marketplace that wants something fresh to fixate on and complain about.

Amateurism in technical writing? Absolutely. People want things "dumbed down" and broken up into bite-sized bits of easy to digest nonsense. There will always be a demand for things to be delivered in this way; you can see it in the new Windows 8 interface, which tries to use tiles to represent things that people used to have to read.

If we switch to tiles on everything, and pictograms, then how does that affect technical writers who still have to present complex ideas in a clear and concise way? Well, it affects them because people will always accept amateurism, and that's never going to go away.

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