Thursday, October 4, 2007


I think everyone should see The Paper Chase. It's not really related to my point, but sorta. It's a movie about law students and it came out in 1973 and there ain't one freaking computer in it. It's interesting to see how much of our world was established without computers or any electronic devices. People met in person 1 or 2 times a week and things got done. Nobody needed to text anyone 37 times to finalize a plan.
Almost every law, every test case for every decision was established prior to 1940. The whole world was settled prior to 1940. On paper.

Yes, I know that the world is growing and continually changing blah blah blah, but so many good ideas came to us without a single electron sparking a single phosphorescent molecule on a computer screen.

How many devices do I need now to express an idea to another individual?

And here's another thought about digitalization:
Hundreds of thousands of documents can be accessed -- saving tremendous time and energy in making copies or thousands of dollars in gathering people to a central location.
Now, I don't know about you, but before the Internet, I would search 4-5 books for an answer and do a quick scan of the Reader's Guide, and I was done with my searching. Whatever I found by the end of that search was what the patron got. Seriously, who the hell has time to review hundreds of thousands of documents? Now, when I search for something, someone always comes along behind me and searches the net again and says, "but did you find this?"

To participate in today's world, I need an account here, but I also need an account there. I need a login name, a screen name, and a password. I need to keep my accounts active. I need to update my account if my information changes. I can finish a phone call in 80 seconds, whereby one or more queries are received and one or more responses fulfilling the queries are given. A similar series of questions and responses might take 11 minutes using an electronic "chat" format.

For all the time the modern world claims to save us, I have less time to enjoy the pleasures of it.

Paper is my friend. I could lose a 500 page electronic file with a mouse click, but I'd never lose it's print counterpart.

The only time I ever lose a sheet of paper is when I take an office memo and accidentally on purpose wipe my ass with it. Which is every day. Sorry, can I get another copy of that?