February 17, 2009

Nostalgia or Losing Something Important

We live in a time of great change. Things are speeding up...changing at greater pace than ever before. Multitasking, despite the best research against it, is expected more and more. Computers, once the size of a room, have now infiltrated almost everything we touch. In the process, we are losing some things that have been staples of our culture for centuries.

Nostalgia is the word often used to describe those who look back and question the loss of something. It has become a negative descriptor. But is it always? Can we really lose something in the move forward? Is it really forward.

Here are a couple of things that have been prompting some thinking in me:

Hamlet's Blackberry: Why Paper is Eternal...this is a rather lengthy piece about...paper. Really it is more interesting than you might think. It is a pdf.

Drawing Board to the Desktop...this is a NYT piece. Rather short. It isn't nearly as satisfying as the previous piece, but it is quicker.

What do you think?

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