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4.0 von 5 Sternen You'll love it; you'll hate it; you'll need it.
It's as bad as the most vitriolic say it is. It's as cool as the most vehement insist it is. But it's WIRED--end of story.
WIRED is the de facto arbiter of digital language. The mag has positioned itself squarely between geeks and the rest of us who live in the world they make. No other wide-circulation publication (that I know of) displays both extreme...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Oh. My. GAWD.
Having read through the first edition, I looked forward to the next, which was supposed to be organized like a real style guide (read: The AP Stylebook and Libel Manual) and less like an in-your-face, smarmy declaration of war against English. At least the editors of Wired accomplished that much, renaming some key writing principles like "Screw the Rules"...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Oh. My. GAWD., 14. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Wired Style (Taschenbuch)
Having read through the first edition, I looked forward to the next, which was supposed to be organized like a real style guide (read: The AP Stylebook and Libel Manual) and less like an in-your-face, smarmy declaration of war against English. At least the editors of Wired accomplished that much, renaming some key writing principles like "Screw the Rules" with "Be Irreverent."
But you really have to wonder about a style guide which quotes Entertainment Weekly -- that's right, Entertainment Weekly, that standard bearer of educational enlightenment -- not once, but TWICE on its back cover. This means that the publishers had a hard time coming up with complementary quotes to fill in the space. I work as a copywriter for a book publisher, and to quote the same publication twice on the same cover is simply bad, bad form -- only the most desperate of publishers do so.
Little wonder why EW reviewed this book -- after all, Wired Style is SO funny, like the little jab it takes at hackers when defining "Trojan Horse":
"The work of dark-side hackers. A seemingly innocuous program that hides a malicious virus.... the word is proof that hackers read the classics."
Ha. Ha. Isn't that smart? Because we all thought hackers hadn't read the classics, and wouldn't know what a Trojan Horse is. You'd never find this kind of "humor," this smartalecky take on English usage, in the New York Times Manual of Style and Usage.
It IS useful to have an guide to help explain such terms as "Trojan Horse," "Watermark," and "dpi" in context of the Web and computers (thus the two stars), but Wired Style has a long way to go before it can compare to the authoritative works such as the NYT and AP guides -- which do not, despite Wired Style's continued claim in both editions of their guide, force writers to call Bill Gates "William H. Gates III, chairman of Microsoft Corporation." (This claim is based on a general rule for identifying people who are not immediately recognizable to the general public -- Bill Gates doesn't qualify. The editors at Wired really should know better.)
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Oh. My. GAWD., 14. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Wired Style (Taschenbuch)
Having read through the first edition, I looked forward to the next, which was supposed to be organized like a real style guide (read: The AP Stylebook and Libel Manual) and less like an in-your-face, smarmy declaration of war against English. At least the editors of Wired accomplished that much, renaming some key writing principles like "Screw the Rules" with "Be Irreverent."
But you really have to wonder about a style guide which quotes Entertainment Weekly -- that's right, Entertainment Weekly, that standard bearer of educational enlightenment -- not once, but TWICE on its back cover. This means that the publishers had a hard time coming up with complementary quotes to fill in the space. I work as a copywriter for a book publisher, and to quote the same publication twice on the same cover is simply bad, bad form -- only the most desperate of publishers do so.
Little wonder why EW reviewed this book -- after all, Wired Style is SO funny, like the little jab it takes at hackers when defining "Trojan Horse":
"The work of dark-side hackers. A seemingly innocuous program that hides a malicious virus.... the word is proof that hackers read the classics."
Ha. Ha. Isn't that smart? Because we all thought hackers hadn't read the classics, and wouldn't know what a Trojan Horse is. You'd never find this kind of "humor," this smartalecky take on English usage, in the New York Times Manual of Style and Usage.
It IS useful to have an guide to help explain such terms as "Trojan Horse," "Watermark," and "dpi" in context of the Web and computers (thus the two stars), but Wired Style has a long way to go before it can compare to the authoritative works such as the NYT and AP guides -- which do not, despite Wired Style's continued claim in both editions of their guide, force writers to call Bill Gates "William H. Gates III, chairman of Microsoft Corporation." (This claim is based on a general rule for identifying people who are not immediately recognizable to the general public -- Bill Gates doesn't qualify. The editors at Wired really should know better.)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not a very useful stylebook, 31. Januar 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Wired Style (Taschenbuch)
As a copy editor, I have to try to find a consistent spelling for terms that appear regularly, some of which are not yet in the dictionary. In 1998 I bought the 1996 hardcover version of this book, thinking it would fill in the gaps dictionaries and other stylebooks have left regarding how to consistently spell "website," "webpage," "email," "e-commerce," "Internet," "intranet," etc. It was the only book I saw on the subject back then. The capitalization of "Internet" makes some sense, but capitalizing "Web site" and making it two words does not really, especially since in the 1999 revised soft cover version they add the possibilities of lowercased, unhyphenated single words like "webzine" and "webmaster" (not Webmaster, etc.). The insistence on not hyphenating "email" but hyphenating "e-commerce" ends up making an article I edited look ridiculously inconsistent. I had "Web site," "intranet," "Internet," "email," "e-commerce" and other terms all appearing in the same story. And let's face it, everyone spells it "website" in email (e-mail?) except the authors of this stylebook. I find it useless and hope to find a better stylebook for internet and other techno-specific terms that considers the needs of copy editors.
Thank goodness for the book's index re: finding what I was looking for though!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen High Cyber Snoot Factor, 2. Mai 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Wired Style (Taschenbuch)
If you're not careful, reading this book could make you feel pretty hip, pretty web-savvy, and maybe even a little superior; but you might feel a little dirty when it's all over.
First off, and most importantly, Wired Style isn't a style book. Strunk & White for the web, it ain't. That book hasn't been written yet. Wired Style is certainly written in the Wired style, but it provides mostly definitions and few examples of usage.
Wired Style *is* funny sometimes, witty sometimes and condescending often. It may help you learn a fair bit about the web. I could even say it's an engaging read. But it's not gonna help you become a better writer, which is what style guides are intended to do. A better-informed writer? OK.
So, essentially, Wired Style is, you know, it's pretty snazzy, rad, awesome, boss. It's da bomb. It's way cool. (Sorry, I guess you get the point.) Which means it'll sound pretty out-dated within a few years. But it makes for a light, fun, superiority complex-inducing read right now.
For those concerned with "e-mail" versus "email," "web site" versus "website" and other similar dilemmas, just strive for consistency in your own writing. Also, hyphens usually disappear over time, so if you're typing "email" instead of "e-mail," you're just ahead of the curve; we'll probably all be writing it that way eventually.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Spare me the importance of the self-absorbed, 18. Januar 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Oh, hurray, the Strunk & White of the '90's. Or is it the Strunk & White of 1997? January of '97? January 13th? At noon? In New York City?
I don't know who Constance whatever is, but I seriously doubt if the insights of a few years' experience (at a magazine admittedly as close to perfection as any human organism can aspire to be) monitoring the invention of a new slang has provided her (or would anyone) with Strunk's and White's collective credentials, and I doubt if even the role of arbiter gabblarum at Wired instantly qualifies anyone's edicts with weight commensurate with a book that has been singled out through generations of evaluation, testing, and review. Both the quality of the book and the thoroughness of the process of recognizing it have contributed to the preeminence of Strunk & White. They earned their place; let's not fawn over the self-important punks trying to snatch it away.
Cancelbunny. How fullythinkful.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen This is the worst book ever., 13. Juli 1997
Von Ein Kunde
This is THE worst book of all time. Half of the definitions are useless (ie. nintendo, game, etc). The other half are mostly all poorly defined. Even if you wanted to find a definition for something it would be impossible because for some reason they group certain terms into lots of different chapters so you never know where something is, like what section would crt be in, Be Elite, Screw the Rules, G Gloabl. Trust me and the other people that have written about this book, don't buy it ever. Buy a good computer dictionary and your set (ie. Dictionary of Internet and Computer Terms ($15) or Cyber Dictionary ($22) or anything except for Wired Style, I encourage anyone who has seen this book to write about how poor this book is and people that don't believe us or are going to buy it, go to your library and rent it first and you'll see
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1.0 von 5 Sternen "Principles of English Usage"? I think not...., 21. Januar 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I bought this book from Amazon.com on the advice of a good friend who writes technical support manuals for a software company; I figured it was a sure bet. I wish now that I had read the reviews before I clicked "Add this to your shopping cart."
What a *perfect* example of style over substance -- and a style attempting to imitate that of _The Chicago Manual of Style_, at that (nice touch with the orange cover, kids...). This is really nothing more than a glorified glossary of terms with kicky packaging and hard-to-read pages. It's a magazine article about Internet/Web jargon on both steroids *and* acid. I expected much more in terms of content and guidance and I was sorely disappointed. I hope Amazon.com's return policy is as straightforward as it seems.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Are the WIRED staff as pompous as this book implies?, 8. Januar 1997
Von Ein Kunde
"SIGGRAPH" is "Siggraph" because the folks at WIRED find the
offical ACM acronym too something. ditto "Wais" and "Arpanet".

The section titles are effectively useless. Do I look up
"VDT" under "Transcend the Technical" or "Anticipate the Future"?

I'm glad my company paid for this book, otherwise I'd want
a refund. I just hope we don't adopt it as a style manual.

Wired Style is perfect for people who don't know how to
write about computers and the Internet and don't care if
they know how to write about computers and the Internet.

Get a good glossary of computer terms and a decent style
manual (AP, UPI, whatever) and you'll be much happier.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Elements of Pomposity, 29. März 1997
Von Ein Kunde
This is the apotheosis of form triumphing over content. Put it in a slip cover! Print it on lime green paper! Give it one of those ring bindings! Oh...there's nothing to put in the book to make it worth buying...Never Mind!!!!
Worse than all the very accurate criticisms already listed here, is the fact that this book isn't as desperately needed as Wired tries to make you think. Other style manuals are working feverishly to keep up with the challenges of the Web, and many of them are doing a good job.
And please, Wired, can't the Web just be a great tool and a cool thing? Does it have to be a turning point for language, civilization, writing, the universe?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen You'll love it; you'll hate it; you'll need it., 4. September 1998
It's as bad as the most vitriolic say it is. It's as cool as the most vehement insist it is. But it's WIRED--end of story.
WIRED is the de facto arbiter of digital language. The mag has positioned itself squarely between geeks and the rest of us who live in the world they make. No other wide-circulation publication (that I know of) displays both extreme hi-tech savvy and a genuine open hand to those without technical expertise.
Hate them for their arrogance, their presumption, their questionable taste, their bizarre concepts of organization, but they've got the floor. What'cha gonna do?
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