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Some Thoughts: Independence

posted Jun 9, 2012, 11:29 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Jun 10, 2012, 12:58 PM ]
By Robert Farewell


In all honesty, most of us don’t really understand computers. Unless one has the technological savvy of Chris Sercel or Mrs. Saxena, the intricacies and complexities of softwares are far too complicated or time consuming to toil over. Although such advanced technology has made life easier and faster, it has more importantly widened the gap between man and his craft. Technology has taken over the reigns; man is just giving directions. The former directness has dissipated and has become less and less tangible. The days are shortening where pen meets paper, paint fills canvases, and finger strikes key. Man may have the brain, but the computer has the brawn.

This notion was the primary reason why type writers have become so appealing to me. I spent nearly all summer collecting and finding antique type writers. They were so foreign to me, so simple, and this simplicity was what made me so attracted to them. I actually understood how they worked; I struck a key, and the letter stamped the page. It was something I could see, do, and feel. No longer was I pressing a key on a Dell keyboard and hoping a letter would pop up, but it was rather my effort and my dexterity that determined the appearance. I was the reason the letters were showing up, they were real; they were in front of me. The writing became so much more personal; each letter mattered, I could no longer just press delete; indeed, if I wished to scrap a letter, word or an idea, I had to start over. Although I was not writing it out on paper, I was guiding the keys and crafting the sentence. I had the ideas, and I had finally become both the brain and brawn.

I am by no means saying that type- writing is easier or should be taken up by anyone, but its distance from everyday distractions certainly has its advantages. I contend that such advantages include the germination of more original thoughts. One cannot simply open up a web page and browse Facebook or YouTube on a typewriter; it is separated from the internet and all its amenities. The typewriter is meant for writing and writing alone. In a world where technology has made us more dependent on computers, doing something without them has never been so liberating.