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Typewriter enthusiasts gather for Type-In at Lux in Phoenix

I want to thank Megan Finnerty for such a great article. She really asked some great questions and really portrayed the essence of the Type-In.

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  1. Excellent article.

    The readers' comments on it so far are surprisingly hostile to the very idea of using a typewriter. What is it about the Internet that brings out thoughtless rudeness?

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  2. OK, my first comment here is itself an example of thoughtlessness, or at least sloppiness. I shouldn't imply that the Internet automatically makes people thoughtless -- your blog and mine are shining counterexamples, right? :)

    So, to be more precise: the Internet enables quick, anonymous, public reactions. The result is often ill-reasoned, ill-written venting. Part of the attraction of typewriters today is the way they reaccustom us to tolerating delay, deliberateness, and focused craft. The average reader response to an online article could certainly use more of those. -- And yes, I spent much more time writing and revising this comment than I did the first.

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    1. My wife was reading the comments aloud to me and I thought they were a little harsh. My initial reaction was the same. What about the internet makes so many people willing to make some pretty harsh comments. It's not like we were trying to indoctrinate anyone, but that actually might be the problem. If you are a computer-y type person and you see a group of people who question whether technology is the answer to all our ills, it might make one take stock and think about what matters most. Do computers matter more than people? It's a question that your "Moment of Your Death" artwork raises. I am reminded of something Peter J. Gomes said. "Americans do not like complex answers." I think that is really true. It is easy to villify typewriters for the glory of technology.

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  3. Can't go blaming the tech. Naysayers are always more vocal whether with pen, platen or public commentary. The challenge is to outnumber the negative posts with positive contributions and, if you are so minded, pithy rebukes. I did my best.

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