Paper is not Broken

Patrick Rhone, a strong advocate of the pleasures of writing with analog tools, has some strong words on the next, ahem, “paper tablet” by asking what’s wrong with paper anyway?

But I’m here to tell you that paper is not broken. I refuse to accept that premise because it can’t be proven. In fact, the opposite is far more likely. I don’t have to back it up, charge it’s battery, change it’s format to be opened by something else once the app maker goes out of business, or let it co-exist on a device with a hundred other things competing for my time and attention. It’s a technology that’s a couple of thousand years old and has worked reliably, virtually unchanged, in that time. It’s better than any digital solution in fundamental ways. Not the least of which is the fact that it has been proven to last for a thousand or more years given the right care.

I’ve found that I like the feel of a hard cover notebook to use for everything and I’ve asked for a Baron Fig Confident for Christmas to do exactly what Patrick is talking about here.