Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Ah, proofreaders

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
We're missing a human remedy from the Stone Age that would erect a mighty backup defense against errors that no computer program or harried staffer on deadline could match: proofreaders, those wonderful thinkers, grammarians, spellers and widely read all-around trivia experts from yesteryear. Their roles were absorbed by technology and loaded onto copy editors, and we've paid the price in inaccuracies ever since.



At 11:22 PM, January 21, 2007, Anonymous Alani said...

Technology is built yo eliminate human error. Build a set of rules and automate / execute based on those rules. Mostly for fixed content / processes. We all know however that the human touch can never be eliminated......no matter how error prone it is...thats what drives true value.
P.S - Would love to trade links. I like your blog.

At 10:27 PM, February 04, 2007, Anonymous rknil said...

Newspapers have misused technology for years. Instead of taking advantage of computer pagination, they have used the copy desk as a dumping ground. This tactic should have been resisted, but it wasn't (way to go, ACES!) and now it's entrenched.


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