In the NYTimes article, “When Publishing had Scents and Sounds,” Joni Evans explains what it was like to work in publishing and marketing in the 1970s, and its progression through time.
In her day, the office included items like a typewriter, dictionary, hard copies of manuscripts, fountain pens, ink and blotters, and a phone ringing off the hook. These items, humorously dubbed ” office artifacts,” were once considered the essentials- and to think: most of us probably don’t remember the last time we answered a call on a landline!
No one uses dictionaries anymore, at least that’s what we can infer from the Wall Street Journal’s recent article, “Are Dictionaries Becoming Obsolete?”
Our tools of the trade are so much different today (not to mention consolidated): a cell phone and a computer with access to the internet is about all we need. And let’s be honest: these items are the teddy bears and blankies of our generation; we sleep with them by our side, and it would take the jaws of life to separate a journalist and his Macbook.
Can you imagine life without so much social media, or all-inclusive tools? A website called Social Media Unraveled compiled a list of 15 non-tech items for when Twitter’s “Fail Whale” brings you down.
Do you ever wish you had less access to so much information? Or secretly hope that the Fail Whale makes an appearance just to give you a break?