Thoughts On The Typewriter

Looking at the layout for this typing app I am suddenly inspired to buy an old typewriter of my own. Typewriting to me has always been an art. My earliest memory of the typewriter is from when I was a child, spending weekends, and holiday recesses with relatives. I would often see my older cousin typing several college papers on her trusty typewriter.

I remember seeing her insert a sheet of paper then measure accurately to make sure that everything was aligned perfectly before she began to type. I remember her frustration changing the ribbons and that she had lots of white out. Most of all I will never forger how amazed I was watching her type away on her typewriter.

First because it always seemed like such a “serious” task that had to be done with a great deal of care. There was plenty room for error and with every letter she typed I would hold my breath hoping for the best. This was the early 90’s, and over the next few years she mastered the typewriter.

My generation has no idea how to use a type writer, we are the generation that appeared just before the world wide web. Is it possible that some of my peers have used a typewriter in their lifetime? Of course, stenographers in court rooms for example. What I mean is, my generation learned how to type on a the earliest computers. In time some of us mastered the art of typing, while others to this day are still unable to properly use a keyboard let alone a computer.

Computers have not completely replaced typewriters you can still buy a typewriter today. Most of them are electric and cost anywhere from $150.00-$400.00 . If I were to invest in a typewriter I personally would look for a traditional non electric typewriter. I don’t know why, I guess because of the challenge that it would bring. The challenge of learning how to become ONE with the typewriter. To me the typewriter symbolizes patience, as it requires a lot of patience and perseverance to master it.

Is it me or did the era of typewriting seem to produce some of the most intellectual human beings of our century. Different from the type of human beings we see today who use a computer? Is it possible the the computer is setting us back by dumbing us down?

This concludes my thoughts on the typewriter, thank you for reading..

Fire Chapo

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