Denny's Zinger of the Day: American Offices - A Near-Death Experience
In September 1954, I spent four weeks at Brown's Business School in Rockville Centre, Long Island to learn touch-typing.
My vehicle was a dowdy Remington office typewriter.
Until the mid-1980s, in every where office I worked was the frenetic background clickity-clackity-ding! of myriad typewriters punctuated by ringing phones and the loud voices of busy workers.
When typewriters were banging and binging, offices pulsated with energy and action. It was obvious everybody was working like hell.
Enter the Computer
Today, offices are morgues—deathly quiet, with a gazillion spooky screens and silent keyboards.
Are people working hard? Or are they watching porn and playing virtual golf?
A sneeze across the room is an interruption. All phone conversations are sotto voce. Is everyone doing business, job hunting or planning a terrorist act?
Enter Tom Hanks
Actor Tom Hanks has had a quirky lifetime love affair—with typewriters. He collects them. And he misses them so much that he designed an iPad app to replicate the sound (complete with ding at the end of a line) for people who text.
Mirabile dictu! Hanx Writer shot to the top of the iPad free app bestseller list!
Enter Rupert Murdoch
Never one to be left in somebody's dust, Rupee took a cue from Tom Hanks. At his Times of London "a tall speaker on a stand has been erected in the newsroom, pumping out typewriter sounds to increase energy levels and help reporters to hit deadlines."
Takeaway to Consider
- Is a best-selling app in your future?
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