The Social Life Of Paper
from the not-going-anywhere dept
A great New Yorker article all about why we’re unlikely to ever have a paperless office. The article is actually a review of the book The Myth of the Paperless Office, but just the article is interesting by itself. It talks about people (just like me) who keep incredibly messy desks, stacked with paper. Anyone else who looks at that desk will think the person is cluttered and unorganized – but almost always there’s a pretty clear mental plan as to how the piles are set up, and the person can usually find anything he or she needs. The article also talks about the invention of the hanging file cabinet and a bunch of other attempts at bringing about the “paperless” office. In the end, though, paper is a very useful tool that many people use to support them while they work. While computerizing certain aspects of a job may make it more efficient – there are some aspects of paper that make it extremely useful in the modern office.