Although I have an external keyboard that I can hook up to my iPad, it's a little cumbersome when you're on the go. It has taken a lot of practice, but I'm fairly proficient at typing on the on-screen keyboard. It was maddening at first! A slick screen is nothing like a real keyboard. I had never thought about how much "feel" has to do with typing. Since there's nothing to feel on the screen, I have to look at the keys as I type. At first I thought that on-screen typing would ruin me on a real keyboard, but it hasn't. My brain seems to have accepted that these are two different skills.
As much as I love technology, it has occurred to me that it has a tendency to multiply and devalue things. Think about it. In the early days of photography, photographs were rare and highly prized. A lot of people probably didn't have more than a half dozen pictures taken of themselves in a lifetime, so descendants often fought over photographs long after great-grandpa was gone. Fast forward to modern digital photography. Photographs have multiplied like rabbits! We take hundreds - maybe thousands of them in a year's time. I'm trying hard not to think of them as a nuisance. They take up space on all my gadgets. They have to be constantly sorted and organized if they're ever to be of any use. And who needs 345 pictures of the cat, chasing a ball even if it was cute to see at the time? You see what I mean? Pictures just aren't as valuable as they were when they were rare.
And I fear that the same thing is true of the written word. Once upon a time books and written documents - where people babbled on about experiences or opinions - were rare and highly prized. Now modern technology and the internet have multiplied the written word to astronomical proportions. Anybody can write anything and publish it instantaneously. So . . . will the world be a better place because the BlogTouch app makes it easy for me to make frequent blog posts? Nah, not really. But all bloggers love to drone on, and if the readers get bored, a mere click will take them somewhere else. Or, better still, they can set up their own blog.
(The cute red car above is courtesy of www.carclipart.com)
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