I believe that whatever high end technology that is invented in our world, the printing industry won’t vanish. If you are saying that we are going in a direction where virtual reality is not anymore just an idea because there are iBooks that replace handbooks, iTunes that replace CD and DVD, and softcopies that replace print-out or hardcopies, then I strongly oppose with it!
People will always seek for a tangible material like hardcopy of any document whether it’s an electric bill or a letter. For instance in my case, I already have online bank accounts where I could view my expenses and balance statement, but I still demand for a hardcopy. My reason: because it’s tangible and I feel secured and contented with the document. I still make use of a pen and the hardcopy of my bank statement when I’m doing my finance accounting. I never imagine my world without hardcopies.
When I was in highschool, I was part of the school publication, and I can still remember the time when we were having a presswork for our newsletter. Before bringing it to the printing press, we need to manually create our dummy newsletter that will serve as the input to their machines in order for them to run it and print hundreds of copies. We already have computers in our office during that time but there was no software invented yet to interactively create a virtual layout unlike today wherein software such as web2print is now available in the market. Hence, you can design whatever layout that you want without spending time in cutting and pasting the articles. Amazing, isn’t it?
With that being said, human beings could not totally eliminate the technology behind printing because this serves as the back-up of softcopy since nowadays, a virtual file could be gone in a snap of a finger. For me, softcopies are just there to lessen the human waste which is a perfectly good thing to consider! (AAP)
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