“Paper still matters,” stated Phyllis Korkki writing for the NY Times. She quoted several experts, including David Allen, the author of “Getting Things Done ,” that some people have returned to paper planners because the physical presence of paper, vs.hidden computer files, is a goad to completing tasks.
She also quotes Steve Leveen, CEO of Levenger, who described the power of paper in the most elegant and eloquent terms.
While he feels digital technology is better for socializing and sharing, paper is best for “quiet contemplation.” The writer describes–very accurately–Levenger as in the business of promoting paper as an aesthetic experience, offering high-end notebooks and journals, even has it expands to sell iPad cases and stands. After all “readers” now use iPad to access books and publications.
“Paper,” Mr. Leveen said, “can be a luscious and beautiful thing–the way we savor fine food and wine, we can savor paper and ink and what it does for us.”
Paper reminds us that “we’re physical beings, despite having to contend with an increasing virtual world,” he said. While people complain that writing by hand is slow, it is the slowness that can be good for thinking and creating. He said: “It slows us down to think and to contemplate and to revise and recast.”
He is so right. While I may type a final document on a computer, I do my “thinking” writing longhand on a notepad.
Is paper’s advantage in its ability to engage all our senses? In its “slowness”? What do you think?