There and back again: Typewriters

Through the typewriters of your mind.

We’ve all seen them, these tablets that everyone seems to have now, but that isn’t what’s being pointed out here, what’s being noticed are the typewriter accessories that tap the screens of these devices and make the user feel like they’re using a typewriter. It’s a little redundant, yes, but they’re Hipsters. Logic sticks to them like oil in water, but don’t use that allegory with them because they might just start washing nearby birds because of the metaphorical oil spill. People could spend $600 dollars on the tablet and attach the $100 keyboard accessory and boom have that instant 21st century typewriter.

Or they could spend a third of the price and get an actual typewriter.

The typewriter has been around throughout the entirety of the 20th century and began it’s long march into obscurity toward the later part of that century. The thing with the typewriter is that it will never, truly, die and that’s because of three major reasons.

1. They work
When Y2K happens and all computers around the world fail, we will have typewriters that work. Okay, maybe not that scenario exactly, but computers do have a half-life of about 4 years max before they really start to take a nose dive and die. When they die, they cannot be used, and are parted away for scrap. Typewriters on the other hand, if they break, you can fix them and they work again! The typewriter is probably the greenest machine on the planet because they can essentially last forever.

2. They’re iconic
No one makes their logo a computer monitor anymore. What is this, the 1990’s? Using that logo promises a slow death to your company. Use a typewriter on the other hand, and it’s fancy or even elegant. Point is, these machines have left such an impression on mankind, from how they look and operate, that their image and status will outlive their actual usefulness; which stated previously is forever… so if anyone can think of a number larger than forever, that’s where the image is living.

3. They’ll be making a comeback

Today’s world is lightning fast with 24 hour news cycles, misinformation, and spam about how bad vaccines are for you.

The future, it is really.. something.

The infrastructure of the world depends on purpose built machines to do the job of proofing, storing, and moving documents. The typewriter depends on the world of people, a world that is becoming smaller with each passing year.

Oh, I’m not talking about the population growth. Hell no, that’s going through the roof. What I am talking about is the world in which people will be working still. That world is shrinking. Not to be an alarmist or anything, but sooner rather than later machines will be replacing a majority of jobs that were once held by people.

Think that automated voice on the call center is going to go away? Nope, prepare for more of it, in fact, it might be the very thing you talk to someday when you ask why you’re computer isn’t working.

Answer: It’s not plugged into the wall.

I think that future generations will begin to latch onto the physical world more. I think that typewriters will be making a comeback because they can only make a one of a kind poem or a story and the feeling when they are being used is second to none. This upcoming generation of kids will have been not only raised around electronics, but social media and constant connectivity. Their screw ups will be recorded and known forever. The stupid, racist, moronic stuff they type online, which we have done and said at one point in our lives, will be on their heads when they are 30.

Their past will be remembered in HD quality, something that hasn’t happened before in the history of mankind, but more on this thought later.

In my gut, I feel like they’ll catch on to the fact they got a bum deal in not being able to live in a world where when you screwed up, all you had to do was pull out the paper, throw it away, and forget about it.

And that’s why I think typewriters will come back.

Or they won’t.

Note/Worry: Does this mean we shouldn’t teach future generations how to operate a computer or program one? HELL NO! Future is good, thoughts are good, things will change and we’ll see where they go.

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Nick enjoys making things and drinking coffee, specifically the latter, for without it the former wouldn’t get done. He also wrote a book titled “Where Monsters Lie & Other Tales”