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I Love You Both, Paper and Computer!

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Pens are especially important to me. Having my handy-dandy notebook on me at all times, it is smart to always have a pen on hand. Unlike the pencil, there is no sharpening or breaking. And, ever since Commerce Bank and TD Bank came around, pens are super easy to get, and cost nothing. Still, I am picky with my pens. I like black ink, not blue, and it has to be a ballpoint pen, not a roller ball pen.

For my writing, I have several different methods depending on what I wish to accomplish. If I am writing notes for class or writing a short story, I like to use my spiral notebooks. Usually, my stories end up in the back of whatever notebook I am using for class. Sometimes, in the middle of class I will get inspired, and so just pull out whatever notebook I have on me and start writing. I like this method a lot, because sometimes I will be bored in a class, or wherever I happen to be, and can simply open one of several notebooks, and there will be an unfinished story that I can play around with. A story will often sit in the back of my notebook for months before I decide to find it again and continue. Notebooks are convenient and easy to carry around. And, unlike a laptop, they will not run out of power, just space.

When I need to write a paper, I first write down my ideas on scrap paper, and then immediately begin typing it out on Microsoft Word, editing and researching as I go along. Typing my papers out on my desktop computer is the ONLY way I am able to write a paper. A few times in the past, I have attempted to start writing a paper in a notebook, but suddenly start panicking in my head, worrying what I will do if I need to change a sentence structure or a piece of information. The cleanliness of hitting the backspace button and simply changing the information as I go along, switching paragraphs and such has embedded itself into my psyche, and I simply cannot go back to pen and paper.

I believe without a doubt that the computer has remediated the pen and paper. Clean letters, consistent formatting and font, and the ability to edit with tools such as grammar, spell check and the   internet have replaced longhand and the need for dictionaries and the encyclopedia. Still, we must not become so dependent on technology that we cannot switch back and forth. For instance, what if the internet is down, or the power goes out? There are pros and cons to everything we create, and I shall take advantage of both.

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Written by augeregua

November 10, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Posted in Reading Response

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