The Typewriter Is Back — to Save Privacy
‘”After scandals with the distribution of secret documents by WikiLeaks and the exposes by Edward Snowden,” the anonymous source explained, “it has been decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents” — especially because each document can be traced back to its unique typewriter signature.
‘So will typewriters become a trend among the privacy-obsessed? They certainly have hipster appeal. A number of Brooklyn-based writers raved about them to the New York Times a few years back. Users love the fact that it forces you to commit to your thoughts without relying on the delete key, as well as the fact that you need never run out of power for want of a wall outlet…’
Susan Sontag on the psychological value of writing by hand amidst a digital culture, a point that has amplified resonance two decades…
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