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Transcription Through Transition

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As a product of the transition years of the technological age, my main writing space would be the screen that is propped up in front of me and the keys that I type away at so diligently.

While legal pads and notebooks filled with lined paper provide a good means to take notes, generate ideas, brainstorm, and scribble, the computer has made editing, revising, and the rest of the drafting stage so much more convenient.

As for convenience, my third most common writing space would be the awe-inspiring yellow sticky. They work wonders when in need to jot down an idea immediately before tending to whatever it was you were doing when the idea bursted from your mind.

When considering remediation, I find that each writing space provides its own unique purpose. While computers threaten the ways of old as all “new media” has done in the past, I don’t quite see the pen and paper conceding their relevance just yet.

The pen is a mighty means of exploring an idea; however, it presents a much more permanent stamp… a more honest stamp even. The only way for reflection through ink (or lead) is to continue jotting down ideas that come to mind, scratching out what no longer fits, and leaving an incoherent trail through one’s journey through thought. At least that’s how it works for me.

My mind works in complex rhythms. Sometimes, I don’t know what I think about a particular topic until I explore it through writing. If I used a pen all the time my wrist and hand would cramp up before I ever found my way through an idea, all while leaving behind the need for an intense session of agonizing organization. That is why I love word processors.

Some may argue that physically writing with a pen or pencil requires you to think before you press the tip to the page… but I say, “bologna.”


Written by cor24leone

November 11, 2009 at 6:49 AM

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.

Written by augeregua

November 10, 2009 at 8:35 PM

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