I think we’re moving into an age where our perception of once intangible ‘things‘ that we interact with and use online or through technology, is changing. The once intangible and seemingly pretend, digital things are now actually very real and certainly valuable.
Is a PDF a real document?
I had to make an actual physical copy of a document the other day (I know, old school, eh?). I did try to find it online, but with little success, so I borrowed copy from a colleague and went to make a copy of my own.
After some struggle with that chunky, clunky clump of plastic we’ve come to adore, I made a copy, added a few notes, then turned to another colleague and asked “what exactly do I do with this now? I mean, where do I put it?”
“Just take it upstairs and give it to [so and so].”
“Soooo… There’s no way I can get this back on the Intranet? Scan it in even? I mean, if we can’t get it back on the system, then the document doesn’t really exist does it?”
Think about that for a second.
If this physical document can’t be turned into a digital file and stored virtually in the binary abyss of the cloud, then it doesn’t really exist.
Has the internet turned a corner? Is it now just as much a part of our reality as the ground we walk on and the beer we drink? Or do I spend too much time in front of a screen?
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