Don’t Write Off Paper Just Yet
In the rush to embrace all things digital, we sometimes forget that paper, too, is a technology — an extremely versatile one, says Nicholas Basbanes, author of On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History.
“It’s resilient, it’s resourceful, it’s portable, it’s foldable, it’s strong if you want it to be strong. It can last 500 years if that’s the goal, or if it’s a hygienic tissue, maybe its life span is five or six or 10 seconds, but it’s still doing its job, isn’t it?”
Good perspective. In a sense, paper is technology. It’s just not new technology.