Too big to Know- Prologue, chapter-1
“Google is degrading our memories. Google is making us stupid. The Internet loves fervid, cult-driven amateurs and drives professionals out of business. The inter net represents the ascension of yahoos, a victory lap for plagiarists, the end of culture, the beginning of a dark ages inhabited by glassy-eyed chronic masturbators who judge truth by the number of thumbs up, wisdom by the number of views, and the knowledge by whatever is the most fun to believe.”
-This quote is basically assuming that google is giving us stupid ideas and answers to most of our questions or research. And its stating that we learn things on the internet thats most likely not true and we just believe in these type of info for the fun of it.
” Knowledge is treasure, knowing is the distinctively human activity, and our system of knowledge is the basis for the hope that we might all one day come to agreement and live in peace.”
-This is assuming that everyone needs knowledge in order for them to actually understand and function each day. Without knowledge we would probably all be running around with no care in the world like loose untamed animals because we wouldn’t have the knowledge to know whats wrong or right. So we need knowledge in our lives in order for us to all work together as one in the future.
” Who writes—contrasts the solid traces we used to leave behind with the digital dust we currently leave in our wake: more of it for sure, but also more likely to be blown away by a hard-drive failure or a change from floppies to CDs to DVDs to Blu-Rays to whatever comes next and next after that.”
-This quote is basically assuming that pen and paper was the beginning of everything papers, poetry, numbers, paintings, art etc. But now that we are introduced to Technology our generation is starting to forget about how we started in the first place and if we continue to use technology for everything our use for pen and paper will no longer exist.
These two quotes are basically telling us that as a technical writer we need to have a very good technical background in order to be explaining to non experts about the concept and the complicated details of technology and skills that are need to become a good technical writer. You have to understand new features and items and basically learn about whatever new technology that comes out each year so that way your up to date and are able to inform your readers intellegently.
“A technical writer is really a translator. You start with a complicated piece of technology, and your mission is to explain to a nonexpert how to use that technology.”
“As a technical writer, you need strong organizational skills because you have to organize the information you gather. In many cases, getting information isn’t difficult, but identifying what’s relevant for your readers can be challenging. Many experienced technical writers create several new books each year. They must absorb new information and then understand, organize, prioritize, and deliver it.”
This quote is basically assuming that even though we are technical experts we can’t possibly know and learn everything new about every new technology that releases, yes we will one day know it all but it takes time to learn and remember these kinds of information.
“You cant possibly be expected to know everything about the new stuff”