Typewriters Are NOT Dead!

I was involved in a conversation in which a person referred to typewriter users as “Hipsters” and in his infinite wisdom, determined typewriters to be  dead and obsolete objects, and that we “Hipsters should just get over it.” 

I replied…

“I’ve been using typewriters since I was about 10 years old. At that time they were commonplace in the home and every office. In fact, offices around the world STILL use word processing typewriters everyday, whether or not you are aware of it, so this is hardly some sort of fad for me.

Also,  they are still being manufactured. Therefore, you are using the term,  “Hipster” incorrectly for the majority of the people you’re talking about. The definition of “Hipster” is as follows, so me and a whole bunch of others who use them do not fall under your imposed label. Education is a wonderful thing. You should try it.”

noun – informal
“a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.”

Please feel free to use this at will 😊

Long live the typewriter!

8 thoughts on “Typewriters Are NOT Dead!

  1. Who cares about the perception of the others. The others just can make opinion, they judge them, and trying evaluate them as they could but they couldn’t. It’s not only the question of typewriters but about writing. Typewriter is with a pen a great tool of writing and focus concentration on writing and nothing else, which is great. The people who judge can be judge more easily without making wrong diagnose like they do! I suppose this is the mainstream way of thinking of so much slave of information technology.

    Writing is another world, it require new dimension of thinking and there is no place for opinion and wrong fact. People who express those opinion are not thinking, they are just morale. Morale of if it’s good or not good. But when i writes there is no place for that way of expression: Opinions/Doxa.

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  2. I would take a note from the old hippie days, San Francisco in the sixties. The proper reply to someone asking “Are you some kind of hippie?” was always “I don’t know. What’s a hippie?”

    If the person asking doesn’t define the term, you are answering using your own definition. Nothing good will come of that.

    As with hippie, hipster is a term used only by people who assume it to be a pejorative. Why play along with them?

    Just type. Clickety-clack!

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  3. I always think of “hipster” as carrying with it some amount of arrogance, and a desire to be seen. I am aware that bringing my typewriter out causes me to be seen, and I like the people I meet, but I rarely sit anywhere near the middle of a cafe or bar with it. I am usually more interested in my writing than I am to be seen with my typewriter.

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    1. Yeah, I’m of the same mind as Joe Van Cleave… there’s nothing wrong with writing in public places with typewriters as long as you’re not disturbing others. Writing is an individual thing. What works for one person may not work for another. Do what feels good as long as it isn’t hurting anyone else, right? 😊


  4. The person you spoke to was definitely ignorant, but there is some hipster-typewriter connection. The “hipster” phenomenon is complicated and I have a whole section on it in my book.

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