IS SCREENLESS INTERNET THE FUTURE OF WRITING?
It’s hard to remember a time when computers were tied to
dial-up land-lines and cell phones were devises used solely for the purpose of
making calls. In fact, it seems that nowadays, everywhere you look, people are
shackled to their internet enabled cell phones, tablets, or laptops.
With ever evolving technology, the dream of working remotely
has become more and more accessible to everyday people. Even some doctors are
foregoing their normal office visits with patients, and instead adopting a
telemedicine method of diagnosing and treating minor illnesses and
As technology continues to advance, though, we have to
wonder what the future will look like for the writing profession.
The answer to that question may be found in this great
article from the New
York Times. In the article, columnist Farhad Manjoo, details how he
stumbled upon a new way of writing through speech. Manjoo explains how he
initially started recording random thoughts and ideas when he was out and
about, using a cloud-connected recording app on his phone. Soon, those short, random thoughts turned
into full sentences, paragraphs, and column outlines.
Manjoo realized that through a few cheap apps and
transcription programs, he was able to free himself from sitting down and
physically writing out his columns. Instead, he spends two or three mornings a
week walking around town, chatting with himself and writing his columns through
While this practice may seem strange to some, it definitely
poses questions about how necessary a physical device or screen is to the
livelihood of a writer, and whether the future may, indeed, become virtually