- It doesn't need to be upgraded. Paper has not significantly changed for thousands of years. A hundred-year-old piece of paper is still usable -- readable and writable -- today.
- It does not need electricity or any other power source to function.
- It does not crash. Unless you spill something on it, or take the effort to light it on fire, you will not lose your work.
- Industry standards are open and widely accepted. Paper comes in standard formats for standard purposes: Letter-size, tabloid-size, index cards, business cards, etc. These standard sizes fit standard devices such as printers, fax machines, etc.
- It is ligher in weight and more transportable than any other technology.
- It's inexpensive. The entry-level price point is just a few cents. Usually it can be found for free.
- It's easily learned and used. Just about anyone in the world can be up and running in minutes, even a small child.
The back-to-paper movement is in full swing. You can find an eloquent manifesto on the subject by Douglas Johnston at A Million Monkeys Typing. It's titled well: "The Lost Art."
The much-maligned, all-too-often taken for granted staple of everyday communication, paper, is coming back. The back-to-paper movement is growing.
Viva the revolution!!!
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