R.I.P. Paper

How it has all changed.

World Color Press was so important to the publishing industry that June 18, 1977, was declared “World Color Press Day”

See some amazing stuff after the break.

Today, that would be a server farm. I wonder if they ever got into server farms? Probably not.

There, paper fetishists. Have a swoon. Those of you who think paper will always be around are doomed to grow into embittered cranks (what I am often accused of being, despite the fact I hate obsolescent paper! Funny how that psychological defense called projection works, eh?).

And the kill shot. A video — with sketchy sound — of that dinosaur of a plant as it was back in the year 1977 (a year many of my critics weren’t even around to see — well, not without goo-goo-ing):

And hey, paper mourner, you’re reading this on a screen.

What, you think paper can show you a video?


4 responses to “R.I.P. Paper

  1. Fine with me. I haven’t even written a paper note to myself for over a decade. The only drawback I can see is that I’ve lost the ability to write decently in longhand, and after TEOTWAWKI, I may regret that! :-)

  2. barbara (kitten)

    damn. I lived in Sparta for an eternity one year. Taught at a little town near there. It was, indeed, hell. But, World Color Press rocked and also provided employment for people in the area.

  3. I don’t think we’ll ever get rid of paper completely, but if we can cut out the vast majority of the stuff we waste, that can only be a good thing. I wonder if, in years to come, it’ll become like cigarettes – passe and a little bit uncool in the eyes of the masses?

  4. Action Comics #1 recently sold for $1M (if not over). When that comic first made mainstream news, it was in the 1970s, because someone paid *$1,000* for it. So, there will always be people who think that stuff is actually worth something.