Sunday, July 24, 2005

Writing And The Digital Pen

Many of us who went to high school and university before personal computers turned ubiquitous had pretty handwriting. Our lecture notes were functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. I for one had very decent writing once. I find it hard to believe that when I look at my totally illegible scrawl of today.

Thoughts that once flowed unhindered through the tip of the trusty Parker, are now obstructed unless aided by Word. The idea of the digital pen appeals to me because it brings together two rather disparate worlds.

There is all the advantages of the state of art technology along with a the lost charm of putting pen to paper. You can feel words flow through your fingers to create a thing of beauty on a blank sheet of paper and have it turned into a block of text for a word processing application. Writing is freed from its utterly mechanistic existence.

1 comment:

Steve said...

I agree. Something is missing from the time of penmanship.