Speed now & then (Space and time?)
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Wed Apr 11 13:21:36 CDT 2018
On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 11:36 AM, Liam Proven via cctalk
<cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> On 29 March 2018 at 21:35, Fred Cisin via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> MP4s mean that now, not only does it take MUCH longer to create the
>> document, we can now waste MUCH more of the reader's time!
>> I find it very annoying that when GOOGLE'ing to find a simple answer, many
>> of the first hits are YouTube.
> I got a room full of very surprised looks a couple of years ago,
> interviewing for a tech-writer position, when I said that I hated
> online videos as instructions, finding them far too slow and
I totally agree. I read faster than most people talk and I retain
more information. I'd much rather read 1,000 words than watch a 3
> This concept shocked everyone in the room, AFAICT.
Not surprising given how many generations have now grown up watching
TV as their major input mode.
> Then I realised something -- something connected with my career change
> to tech writing.
> A lot of people _can't_ express themselves in text. Some don't care
> and let fly with all their spelling and grammatical errors,
> mostly-missing-and-the-rest-incorrect punctuation etc.
Yes. People can ramble into a mobile phone and upload to YouTube but
actually _writing_ the same process... not everyone is a writer.
There are times when video instruction makes sense - describing, for
example, a chemical reaction that produces major visible change in a
few moments is better to watch than to try to describe. The vast
majority of stuff? Teaching programming? I don't want to watch 2
hours of someone editing text... give me words and perhaps a
screenshot or two if there's something too complicated to simply write
I've taken several MOOCs. The only saving grace is the 2X and 4X
buttons on playback.
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