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  •  Pen and paper is going out, too. (0+ / 0-)

    As you say, it's taking more time than the "futurists" of the 60's predicted.  PC's were not ubiquitous until the 90's, however, and a calculator was taboo in a math class in the Beatles era.  I don't think my great great grandchildren will be posting letters to anybody unless it's done online.  Junior high school kids must submit essays produced on a keyboard.  Cursive is an idle exercise already.

    Regardless of the format, information will get through and communication will continue.  I don't doubt it.

    •  Pen & Paper Forever (0+ / 0-)

      Nah, pens & paper are staying for a long time. Only when devices are as cheap and ubiquitous as pen & paper will pen & paper start to disappear. In the meantime, though keyboard and PDA, and even phone/keyboard tech has been ubiquitous for a decade or more, pen & paper has only grown - because pens and paper are ever more cheap and ubiquitous, and have zero overhead. Paper is more omnipresent than ever, and will continue to be.

      I've been in computers since 1977, and the longer we get "closer to paperless", the more paper computers have given us to write on. What I expect will change will be cheap scanners for our paper scraps, which are just becoming ubiquitous. Soon enough we'll all have cameras scanning everything we see, so the paper will be scanned and indexed for online use immediately. But all that will just make paper that much more useful, and so more ubiquitous.

      People like paper. What we'll have to see is a real revolution turning against anything disposable. Which is indeed approaching, with recycling becoming a way of life. But that's going to take a decade before people start to resist tabloid newspapers, while the rest of the economics continue to support it.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 02:44:47 PM PDT

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