Writing a newspaper article yesterday, I realized I was sitting in my office surrounded by electronic word-smithing appliances: My Samsung/Google Chromebook was on my lap as I composed and typed the article. An MP3 player was hooked into a second laptop computer because the Chromebook couldn’t read the audio file from the interview I needed for the article. That second laptop perched precariously on the pull-out keyboard platform usually reserved for the ancient (7 year old?) desktop computer that was getting so slow I couldn’t use it for internet surfing anymore. (I hate to part with it, the beast!.)
Beside the pile of–gasp!–paper notebooks with real ink-pen notes, was my iPhone so I wouldn’t miss any important calls or messages from my publisher (oh, who am I kidding? I was hoping someone would call and ask if I wanted to go grab some coffee or a bagel or something, anything, to get me away from my desk) or my daughter telling me whether she was staying after school for math help or schlepping home on the bus.
Beneath the notebooks was my Kindle, on which I am rereading Jane Austen’s EMMA and thinking that the young woman in question would have loved Facebook and Twitter. Think of all the erroneous conclusions she could have drawn from the postings and emoticons on her friend Harriet’s Facebook wall!
I’m sure there are many of you out there who are reading this minor rant about my use of technology and going, “phttttt, that’s nothing.” I’m quite positive that my overload is your just another day at the office. But me? I’m feeling a bit wistful about notes sent across town with an obliging friend (or servant, I suppose); handwritten riddles with secret messages of love and longing; books on shelves in libraries; pen and ink drawings; watercolor portraits of your best friend; and handwritten diaries with a pressed flower folded between two pages near the end.
Well, off to write another article. This one with notes already typed up. No paper notebook necessary. Photos uploaded from iPhone already. Guess I’ll turn on Pandora internet radio and get to work.
(post written on the Chromebook with my iPhone beside me)