Who here remembers when electronic typewriters were the next big thing?
(For the record, I sure don’t. I was born in the early 90’s and, thanks to my software test engineer poppa, grew up in a household full of computers)
This Correctronic GX-8000 Electronic Typewriter (well, gee, if that isn’t a mouthful of a name!) lives in the campus archives here at Morris. I admit, I was bit too excited when I had the opportunity to type on it earlier this year for work, being the electronic oddity that it is in this fast-paced technological world that we live in. While it has become a pretty commonplace object for me now that I see it every time I go into work, I realized a couple weeks ago how uncommon it really is; how my twelve year old cousins have probably never even heard of an electronic typewriter. They can do their Instagram and their Snapchat just fine, thank you, but would they be able to figure out how to work one of these?
So, naturally, with these considerations in mind, I decided to write a blog post about this seemingly old fashioned device.
I often wonder what it would have been like to live in a time without so much technology. I remember a time when there was less, of course…back when cell phones were only becoming a popular commodity to have (though only vaguely, I admit). Back before everyone and their mother had a smartphone. I myself didn’t even get a smartphone until this last September. Come to think of it, I’ve had this blog longer than I’ve had a smartphone…wow! Yeah, I was a bit of a late bloomer in that respect…something I’m quite thankful for. I spend entirely too much time on my smartphone now that I have it and sometimes I wish I could get rid of it every now and then for a day or two. Or maybe three. Hell, a smartphone-free week would actually be really nice!
In many respects, I’m thankful for technology–it makes keeping in touch with faraway friends so much easier. I get to communicate with all of you wonderful people on WordPress because of it. Yet, it is so distracting at times, so time-consuming.
I mean, if you really think about it, why have a smartphone when you could have something as snazzy swell as this here electronic typewriter?