Re: Videos or DVDs to train technical writers?

Subject: Re: Videos or DVDs to train technical writers?
From: Mitchell Maltenfort <mmalten -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 00:34:46 -0400

My reflexive reaction was "Teaching writing through videos and DVDs!
Why not teach surgery through automatic weapons and chainsaws?" but
I've calmed down :^>

There's an SNL skit with Ed Asner that might be a good element of any
video presentation on good tech writing. Asner plays the retiring
chief of a nuclear power plant who is going on vacation. His parting
words: "Remember, you can't put too much water in a nuclear reactor."
After he leaves, the staff are arguing over the two meanings of that
phrase. End of the skit, Asner's on vacation, and someone points to a
nuclear explosion out in the distance. Asner hands her his binoculars
and says "Remember, you can't look too long at a nuclear explosion"
before walking off.

The skit "Nuclear Plant Retiree" was on episode 184 which aired in
1984. Yes, I just looked it up.

On 6/16/05, Dennis v. <dvanlangen -at- cox -dot- net> wrote:

> I was wondering if you are aware of any brief videos or DVDs that address
> the challenges of professional writing? I am looking for something that is
> interesting and stimulating and will prompt discussion, empathy, and allow
> trainees to relate to the challenges by bringing in their own, after it is
> shown.

I can answer any question.
"I don't know" is an answer.
"I don't know yet" is a better answer.


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