I don’t like to subscribe to a lot of magazines because I end up not reading them. The only exception is Time magazine delivered right to my REAL mailbox; I look through it page by page and I’ve noticed that the format is really different than how it used to be, probably because our attention span is much shorter, and we like our facts in the form of cartoons, charts, sound bites, and FaceBook posts, right?
Just look at what happened to the hard copy of Newsweek: on October 18th, 2012, Brown announced that Newsweek would cease print publication (!) with the December 31, 2012 issue and transition to an all-digital format, to be called Newsweek Global.
I am not getting sentimental, I swear, I’m just noticing things!
The swing to the latest and greatest ways to “share” is swinging back when I talk to people who are getting tired of FB, getting tired of being with friends who text and want to share photos on their iPhone. It was bound to happen that the hunger for real relating would result as things became more and more techie.
I still have an old typewriter that I don’t use it. But one of these days, I might. I mean, maybe I am being sentimental now, but I don’t want to lose the ability to make mistakes, to look things up in a dictionary, or lose my ability to write cursive. Which is what was happening as I found out that while writing out Christmas cards this year, my handwriting felt awkward and I had to find my rhythm. Almost like learning how to write again! It took a long time because I hadn’t used that skill much since I do just about everything on my c0mputer’s keyboard.
Here’s an interesting clip from a film called : Linotype: the Movie. It shows a fascinating time period, where print was the latest. Maybe I am bit like the people in this film who still love something that is outdated. and then again, maybe I am not the only one. If you like the sound of the clicking of a real typewriter, or the sound of anything that is not computer generated, take a look, and thanks to Tosh for putting this on his Google+ account (not FB).