The Late Adopter
I am a human who, by marketing industry definition is a “late adopter.” I enjoy 21st century digital technology as long as it enhances the overall quality of my existence. You will never see me camped outside an Apple Store to be among the first to purchase the latest iPhone.
Rather, I am the proud owner of a phone that has two functions: makes and receive calls. No screen to speak of; doesn’t connect to the Internet. That my phone bill is a flat $30 per month is pure bonus. The real payoff is the time and space a simple device allows me to commune with writing.
Though I regularly take dictation from the Muse in notebooks and slips of paper planted in every corner of my world, ultimately, all of my writing ends up in the computer. So, in other areas of life, I wish to spend as little time possible staring into screens. It is that very time away from screens of any shape, size or intelligence that allows me to advance my craft.
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Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. What I do takes long hours of studying and uninterruptible concentration. Donald Knuth
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