For the love of paper

I guess you’ve heard by now that print is dead, right? You know, we are all going paperless. Everything is going to be scanned into our computers and saved in the cloud.

Now, I will admit to being a geek. I love technology. My career as a designer started in the dark ages of waxing down columns of type, cutting Amberlith with an Exacto knife and Heaven help you if you screwed up too close to a deadline. My mistakes now can be corrected in seconds most of the time and I don’t have to drive like a maniac to the FedEx box before pickup to deliver it to the printer. The half of my gray hair that didn’t come from my kids probably came from that sort of insanity.

After carting nine boxes of hardback books to donate to the library when I downsized my home, I broke down and started using an e-reader. It was actually a gift, but one that I had expressed a desire for. Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell and feel of a real book. But, my back can’t continue moving those things.

Just recently I read this article ( http://www.wired.com/2014/05/reading-on-screen-versus-paper/ ) that made me rethink my habit of downloading library books (though I still love the convenience of it) and start walking back into the actual building for my reading material. At least the ones that I want to retain information from. There is also another study I will post when I find it again, that indicates that actually writing on paper longhand is better for your brain as well.

No, my friends, we can’t give up on good ‘ole paper and ink just yet. Our thinkers haven’t evolved to the point we can retain what we learn from a computer. And then there are those nasty computer viruses…

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