Essay: The Last Page in the Typewriter

Thanks to the clamor over the forged Hitler diaries, one almost overlooked entirely the news from Rumania. There, on April 28, a government decree took effect requiring all citizens to register their typewriters with the police. The stated purpose of this decision was to prohibit Rumanian troublemakers from typing anti-Communist leaflets, but anyone concerned with the fate of the typewriter will recognize a trend. It is going, this wonderful machine. It is on its way out of the world. Whether at the urgings of the Communists or the word processors, the device that has come to be called the old-fashioned manual...

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