Thursday, March 31, 2016
Thursday Thinking - Who Needs Handwriting?
The digital age is making pen and paper seem obsolete. But what are we giving up if we give up on handwriting?
Let’s pretend I tell you something and I want you to write it down. What do you do? Do you reach for a pen and paper? Do you type it into your computer or your phone? Do you maybe use your phone to make an audio recording that your phone can then automatically transcribe into text?
What are we talking about anymore when we talk about “writing something down?” Is that as outdated as saying that you’re going to “dial” a phone number — which a lot of people still say even though phones haven’t had dials for a long time? Is handwriting a technology that served its purpose until something better came along? Or is it an essential part of who we are, how we process information, how we think?
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