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November 28, 2016

Why the Office Needs a Typewriter Revolution

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How can we insert the common sense of the typewriter -- and other pre-digital equipment -- into the modern office?
Basically, there are three strategies. The most radical is to replace all our digital devices by mechanical ones, and replace all dataservers with paper stacked in vertical filing cabinets, in other words we could go back in time.
This would surely lower energy use, and it's the most resilient option: for all their wonders, computers serve absolutely no purpose when there's no electricity. Nevertheless, this is not an optimal strategy, because we would lose all the good things that the computer has to offer. "The enemy isn't computers themselves: it's an all-embracing, exclusive computing mentality", writes Richard Polt in The Typewriter Revolution. - LOW-TECH MAGAZINE

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 28, 2016 2:04 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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