by Ghani Kunto
Twelve years ago I visited the Royal Ontario Museum. There was a display titled “History of Communication Technology.” A number of elementary students were looking at a typewriter. Just seeing a typewriter there was concerning. I remembered having had to practice speed typing on a typewriter during grade 7 or 8. And I also realize that to this day, there are still civil servants in Indonesia who are working in offices that offer no other typing device than a typewriter.
The typewriter sat there, just one room away from flintlocks and armors from the Middle Ages.
Should I too be displayed there as a remnant from a bygone era?
Would the things I teach my child become absolute even faster?
Even today, I still remember those children enamoured by the typewriter, pounding away at the keyboards, saying, “Cool! Where’s the screen?”