I’m in my early thirties, have a Blackberry, a laptop, and an iPod, and am connected to the Internet for a good portion of each workday. I also carry a paper planner with me almost everywhere I go, along with one of any number of notebooks.
Part of that’s cognitive, and part of it’s just habit. But mostly I don’t see a contradiction between using paper AND digital devices to record my appointments, store my to-do lists, and express my creativity. The digital world is awash in bold, impatient proclamations about how we’ll live when newspapers are gone, or YouTube replaces television. I’m excited about innovation, too, but I don’t see why it must, axiomatically, happen at the expense of all that’s come before. It’s a subject I’ve blogged about before, and was reminded of recently when I read this press release about the Moleskine planner collection.
Of course, we paper companies have very selfish reasons for believing that paper diaries and digital planners can coexist. Just like, as a writer, it’s in my interest to believe that people will continue to consume the written word no matter how it’s delivered, and distinguish between good content and mediocre… and still we do, and I do. And maybe we’re not wrong.