Richard Polt posted an interesting link to this article about the analog renaissance of communications media on typosphere.net, and I’m curious to know what people think – is this really a rebirth and revival, or just a symptom of Marshall McLuhan’s theory that we’re turning analog culture into art because we cling to a “rearview mirror view” of our world? Or there is a third option: does this article and others like it describe only a very few individuals or retailers, that journalists are falsely claiming is a mass-culture fad? (Or perhaps they are trying to instigate the creation thereof).
People have been fetishizing records ever since they fell from grace in the 80’s or thereabouts. Etsy sellers have been hawking handmade books for years. Don’t get me started on analog cameras (mostly because I know nothing about them, except that they remain popular with a large percentage of professional photographers). What claim does the current day have on being the renaissance moment of analog communications media? Is it just the typewriters? Really?
Pertaining to this question, I’ve been meaning to eventually expand the focus of this blog beyond the noble typewriting machine, and into the general pool of analog writing tools and techniques (mail art, books, pens & pencils, handwriting and drawing, sketchnoting, etc). I’ll get there someday. In the interim, I wrote this blog post on sketchnoting for the University of Washington Flip the Media blog. Can’t seem to get enough of that topic, although so far I have failed to convince anyone in my corporate work environment that sketchnoting is the perfect format for software documentation.