Sunday, January 08, 2006

"The Typewriter Girl"

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...

2 comments:

Creatrix (aka Jennifer) said...

It reminds me of how this vast array of communication methods are very much like a double edged sword -- it takes a centered being to wield it. Though we are encouraged more to go with the flow than to evaluate and determine the value of the information for ourselves, I would like to think the future holds much possibility because of the feasibility of so many truths. Perhaps we will develop more skills of self-discovery and acceptance because of it.

feminine expressions said...

oh, my, how i remember punching out words on an old manual typewriter and then getting to use an electric one (truly a welcome invention). maybe none of the readers here ever used such a thing, but if you did...remember all the difficult ways we tried to make corrections? oh that dreadful white-out! and don't forget struggling with carbon paper...

i may not be as old as i sound (we were just really behind the times), but truly the typewriter contributed much to the path that brought me to where i am today...
diana christine