Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lose that tag please

It all started last night when I tweeted some Hindi film dialogues (In India, we have two major religions - films and cricket).
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And then, we got around to discussing the bestest comedy film that's ever come out of Bombay. And, this was the tweet that got me to writing this blog post.
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How is this relevant to techwriting?

Well, if I were an indexer, I'd have probably tagged all my film content with some of these words: bombay, bollywood, hindifilm, <nameOFfilm>, <nameOFstar>, and so on? Very search friendly and all. But say, my reader was a sociologist researching corruption in India (ahem!).  This dialogue ("Thoda khao, thoda phenko" #epic) would never even show up in the search results, yet it contains exactly what the sociologist is looking for - the entire social mileu from which the phenomenon has sprung (including the defence mechanisms people employ to forget the misery it produces).

So, how did I link this dialogue to scams (that are occupying the entire front page - and more - of newspapers these past weeks)? Because in my mind, my content database is neither indexed nor tagged. I can pull out random references and tag it to anything random and yet make it look relevant.
Me: To copy, perchance to paste; Aye, there's the rub for in that paste what copies might come when we have shuffled the platforms and the versions out of the filters.
Colleague: Coils. Not filters. Coils.
Me: Coils.
<silence for one minute>

Colleague: A coil is a wrapper, right?
Me: Right.
Colleague: So, if we put a wrapper to call the boolean....
So, here I am, thinking if there is more to indexing that meets the eye. More to content reuse? More to "context"? Thoughts?

1 comment:

Richa said...

Oh I totally agree. the two religions. I am a Film- follower :D