I'm partial to old typewriters, the look of them, mind you, not actually typing on them anymore. So, I tend to run across oddities like a review of this book: "The Iron Whim:
A Fragmented History of Typewriting," by Darren Wershler-Henry.
I'm bringing it up here for the two quotes I found somewhat relevant to this group:
"Typewriting played a key (sorry) role in women's work as jobs were created for "'The Typewriter Girl'"; Wershler-Henry argues that the "'two novelties (working women and weird gadget) alleviated the suspicion that either on their own might have elicited.'"
"Wershler-Henry points out that our networked computer culture is moving us away from typing culture's certainty. The idea of one true point of view is being replaced by provisional truths, and consensual truths."
It is strange to think of women at work being saved by the typewriter when that Girl Friday role caused such problems. But I like the morphing of typewritten "certainty" into "consensual truths" of communications like this...