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PAPER in our LIVES

 

How do you put it on paper?

 
So much is lost every time a computer crashes or access is blocked due to password protection.You can't just stumble upon old family photos on a computer, if you do, you probably were the one to put them there. There is a certain element of paper art and photography that seems so much more enduring and self-evident. It can be hidden and rediscovered by future generations, but the same cannot be said for the digital world.
lauren, 5/8/2012 5:13:42 PM
What don't I put on paper is probably a better question:) I've been keeping journals since I was a little girl (a few more years ago than I care to admit), I'm a writer and keep handwritten copies of everything, even though I keep a creative writing blog. I take notes from books I've read that have special meaning to me, I'm an avid letter writer and a scrapbooker. How could I do any of that without paper? I supposed I could do digital scrapbooks and whatnot, but to me the paper is part of the creative journey, the path we take as artists and creators. I simply don't think as well when I'm writing on a computer.

My father will retire in December with 42 years in the paper industry. His particular mill made paper bags but the ideas and concepts are the same -- he always stressed to me that paper is a renewable resource and if treated with responsible care, the forests will be sustainable. I never used plastic bags, and actually got quite upset when they because the only way to package things at the grocery store.

Paper is ancient. Paper is renewable. Paper is a huge part of my life.
Jen, 5/3/2012 10:11:16 AM
My wife has her grandmother's Bible. I have my own highlighted, marked up Bible that I will eventually pass on to my children. I take it with me and read it anywhere I want...no batteries or cables needed. Besides, how can I pass on my Bible unless it is on paper?
Claudio, 4/1/2012 9:13:22 PM
I've used computers since forever, have owned five e-readers ... but love carrying around, reading, and pulling a pen across paper. I have electronic subscriptions to various magazines but what i really *enjoy* is the pile of those same magazines on the couch.
Chris, 3/17/2012 10:22:13 PM
As a graphic designer, I feel like I have felt that push to go digital so much in the past few years. At times it's been overwhelming. While I appreciate what digital can offer, I also know the value of simply holding a marketing piece in your hand. Trying to convince a corporate company of this sentiment has not been an easy task.

On a personal note, I collect beautiful ephemera. I've been doing it since I was a child. It's exactly as everyone else above described. There is just something magical about the way a piece of paper smells and honestly how it has lasted so very long. I read a startling fact put out by the Library of Congress a few years ago that in 100 years every piece of digital archiving they have will be corrupt and will no longer be able to be used. I was completely shocked.

The moral of my story is that I can appreciate the digital world and what it has to offer, but before we go off and just completely give up a way of life that has served us for CENTURIES, we should really look at the kind of world we will have once all paper is gone. To me, that doesn't look appealing and frankly it doesn't look like a happy place to live.
Abigail, 3/16/2012 7:49:19 AM
This post is a bit of rant, really, about the impermanence of our information, today, and it considers the paperless myth and the hidden costs to our society. As a historian, my work depends on archives and libraries; as a teacher, adopting the Iroquois proverb about taking care unto the seventh generation, I want to see that future historians are able to continue to delve into the past, our past. Speaking of the seventh generation, it really is a myth that the paper industry will destroy the planet’s green by wiping forests from the face of the earth–quite the opposite, in fact. And, finally, shunning paper creates a real problem and inequity in our society–even cheap technology costs more to purchase and operate than paper! Furthermore, our youth and society at large lose something when they do not slow down long enough to take the time to read and write with paper. It effects our brain and our thinking.
Read more, here: http://erikafranz.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/a-paper-vs-digital-rant/
Erika Franz, 2/8/2012 7:02:53 PM
Today I went to an estate sale and bought a 95 year old 4th printing copy of "Mr Britling sees it through" by H.G. Wells. It's in pretty good condition, it has that old book smell, and it was once owned by an actual robber baron. Electronic books don't get as cool as that!
Elliot Murray, 10/23/2011 10:55:37 PM
At the end of each day while on overseas missions working with teacher organizations, I would recount the day's events in a Moleskine journal. Written in pen to start with, some words and phrases scratched out and written over, this pleasant task would often accompany my evening meal. The journals of these voyages have all been transcribed by way of computer but the results are printed and kept on paper in binders. The next step will be incorporating all of the stories, along with photographs, into a self-made book, perhaps by way of Blurb. The computer is very helpful in all of this but the origins and the end product are or will be produced on paper.
Tim, 10/6/2011 1:12:01 PM
At the end of each day while on overseas missions working with teacher organizations, I would recount the day's events in a Moleskine journal. Written in pen to start with, some words and phrases scratched out and written over, this pleasant task would often accompany my evening meal. The journals of these voyages have all been transcribed by way of computer but the results are printed and kept on paper in binders. The next step will be incorporating all of the stories, along with photographs, into a self-made book, perhaps by way of Blurb. The computer is very helpful in all of this but the origins and the end product are or will be produced on paper.
Tim, 10/6/2011 1:10:49 PM
I am a watercolour artist and I paint on Paper. I also write letters to friends that I love and little children paper chins, so much fun!

Smooth as silk, white as milk, bumpy and rough, there is never enough...paper.
Paper for painting on, singing out a song, shouting with joy, an origami toy, all for the love of paper.
Cutting paper snowflakes, paper lanterns and paper chains, so much fun we've just begun, all because of paper!
Bev, 9/22/2011 9:27:15 AM
O R A G A M I
lisbeth koelker, 9/4/2011 9:04:14 AM
There is nothing more precious than to receive a hand written note, letter and home made card ending with I Love You. As time have passed, I bring out those letters, home made cards and notes--I hold in my hands those who I cherish, all because of paper.

Koren
Koren, 7/18/2011 9:54:42 AM
With my fellow calligraphers, we celebrate the written word...ON PAPER! Our personal histories, our memories are often captured on paper. Letters are treasured...who will treasure emails or hard drives in the future to 'remember' past events? Yet the hand written letter, the personal note, the greeting cards signed with love...we all have a collection of them. Keep the paper love flowing...write a note this weekend...on paper! by hand!!
Nan DeLuca, 6/10/2011 8:58:43 AM
Paper is white gold. It has a figure of nature and we have to preserve it for our later generations.
Rahman, 9/06/2011 12:30PM
seyedrahman, 6/9/2011 2:57:28 AM
I love paper too, especially paper that feels good and that moves with you when you're reading and lets you shift position.

Conversely, after working zombie-like due to the rigidity of digital screens, and being constantly exposed not only to plastic but to whatever else emanates from computers, e-readers, and digital screens over the last 26 years, I can barely drag myself to anything remotely digital if it isn't a necessity.

Thanks for helping educate me and others about some benefits of paper. Now can you access research about the relative health benefits and deficits of paper and electronic devices?
Kitty, 3/31/2011 10:37:17 AM
Would like to know if there is such a material as a flower pot made out of paper that will absorb water and still hold moisture without disintegrating?
stephanie, 2/18/2011 12:55:50 PM
The smell of paper when you open a book you can't wait to loose yourself in, the feel of it when you are lost in thought and caressing it's surface, the brilliant pigments that pop from it, the expressions shared on it when you write with your favourite pen sweet somethings, it's all priceless to me.

I'm in-love with paper!
Kellie, 2/17/2011 1:46:03 PM
The smell of paper when you open a book you can't wait to loose yourself in, the feel of it when you are lost in thought and caressing it's surface, the brilliant pigments that pop from it, the expressions shared on it when you write with your favourite pen sweet somethings, it's all priceless to me.

I'm in-love with paper!
Kellie, 2/17/2011 10:25:10 AM
Paper,

I first stumbled upon your website after viewing one of your e-commercials on Youtube, and nonetheless, I was intrigued. After perusing through, and gaining a better understanding of what your message is, I completely agree. It never dawned on me that throughout the years, with all of the new technology such as Blackberrys, I-Pod Touches, E-Readers, Scanners, and now as banks urge their customers to go "paperless", I see the severity of how important paper really is.

Paper is not something that can be deleted or destroyed in a power-out, it is something that can be read regardless of whether or not your computer LCD monitor will display it. Paper is a physical form which can be copied and stored in several physical locations, there is no worries of data loss or storage, you can store paper anywhere you want, free of megabyte use charges or risks of your personal documents being instantly copied and spread out via the wonders of the world wide web. So yes, that teenage hacker who decides to make his way into your email account and read all of your "paperless" bank statements, or even your heartfelt love emails to your wife, has absolutely no chance against the simple and effective means of something that can be delivered directly to your mailbox... paper.

Due to the widespread technology craze that has been going on, paper has now become one of the most personal means of media possible. This is actually indeed very good for the small population of paper users. When applying for a job, employers of companies both small and large are now even urging their potential future employees to email a resume or fill out an online application. So, when the rare paper user decides to mail in an envelope containing a fully equipped resume, with a cover letter and their business card attached, he or she will stand out far beyond all of the average Joe's who decide to Ctrl + C & Ctrl + V their MS Word Document. Even on a personal level, writing a good old fashioned love letter and taking the time to go to the post office and pay for postage to mail it to their spouse or partner will always surpass a run of the mill "I love you" text.

All in all, I love what you are doing here paper, and as I sit here in tears of hypocrisy writing a paperless post, let it be known that you have my full support. Support your fellow paper users before we crumple this old form of media for good.

Best,

Daniel Altuz
Daniel Altuz, 11/13/2010 10:54:06 AM
Paperdude,

I am exactly the same way. I didn't think people like me existed. So glad to meet you. Everyone thinks I am crazy for saving newspapers. They keep saying the news is not current after a day but I think the articles and information is valid years later. Newspapers are encyclopedias of information.

I am an architect who recently started my own line of greeting cards (www.tastement.com) because I feel there is still something so special about sharing a greeting/thought on paper.

Seema
Seema, 11/8/2010 1:38:16 PM
In a world filled with digitized memories PAPER is the one thing that will always be there. I wish I could write this note on paper and not on this website ....
Jake, 10/26/2010 6:20:54 PM
I've saved every newspaper I've ever received. I've built an addition to my house to store them all. Some people think I'm crazy, but I say, "crazy like a fox". When I need to check something out, none of those computers for me. I have newspapers. Same with all my bills and credit card statements. Store them all. I buy extra shoes just so that I have the proper archival storage tools (shoe boxes) to keep all those in. I buy old cars and stack them with the shoe boxes keeping all those wonderful paper receipts, need I say, "forever"? The comfort level of having "my friend paper" watching my back for over 30 years of telephone bills makes me sleep at night with a sleep people who get "e-statements" will never know.

I expect my grandchildren will continue to maintain this vast paper collection that I've acquired. It's part of my legacy to them. A vast, unsearchable, unsortable mound of data that can never be stolen from them.

Rock on Paper, because, you know, "paper covers rock"!
PaperDude, 10/26/2010 11:35:14 AM
I have been writing about a letter a week to my parents since I went college in the fall of 1972. They have saved every letter. Some day that written record will go to my three daughters - who will experience the events of childhood and so much more as I saw it -- as it all unfolded.
Doug, 10/14/2010 1:08:17 PM
To do lists & "Thank You" notes. My world would be chaos without them. LOVE LOVE LOVE PAPER!
Hillary, 10/7/2010 1:16:27 PM
Paper lasts! We're a conservation studio for fine art and historic works on paper and we have occasion to handle sheets more than five hundred years old - if it's important it should be on paper.
T.K. McClintock, 10/6/2010 9:28:52 AM
I like to make "to do" lists at the beginning of each day in a notebook to keep me on track and organized. It's right there in front of me and I don't have to close any windows on a computer to look at it!
April, 9/25/2010 1:24:14 PM
Paper keeps me organized - I've tried but don't like using the task list on my Blackberry to manage my to do's. I am sticking with paper!
Kathy, 9/25/2010 10:51:48 AM
We save our paper after it's been been printed for our kids to draw on, paint on, cut up, etc. We then save their "art" in a binder to look at later. All humans still have "wheels" for feet at this point - maybe they know something we don't!

We love paper in our home.
Christina, 9/24/2010 8:28:33 AM
In my 7 year old son box lunch... to wish him a nice day!
Marie, 9/23/2010 12:03:16 PM

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