Definition: “analog” means not involving or relating to the use of computer technology, as a contrast to a digital counterpart. For a clock the word “analog” means showing the time by means of hands rather than displayed digits.
My brother and I were discussing the use of analog items the other day. He mentioned an article where the author said everyone should have a watch with hands and preferably “clock works” inside rather than batteries; a manual typewriter; and a camera with film. While these might be considered “antiques”, the author said they had a solid place in how we work with our hands and the correlation to the brain. If you have paid attention you have probably noticed articles that say it seems the brain is “re-wired” by all the technology that was overtaken our lives. Technology has changed the process of how we think.
The other day the internet was down in parts of town. I was in the grocery store. The pharmacy could not receive prescriptions, the ATM cards didn’t work and a few other glitches were visible. It was scarey as I thought about a cyber attack and how it can take out everything in our society. The cyber terrorists who steal information from the on-line data banks at hospitals and banks and government agencies are just for starters. The ones who hold businesses hostage and are paid millions of dollars are another emerging criminal element. They can control transportation and break through the “fire walls” for nuclear devices.
Analog doesn’t sound too bad after that.
So I got to thinking what items I have used recently that I would take with me if I were going to an analog environment. When I really thought about it I did have to laugh at myself.
1. A back scratcher. There is nothing that drives you closer to madness than an itch you cannot scratch. My back scratcher is nearby and it gets used at least once a day.
2. The pinchers that us older folks use for picking up things on the floor when bending over is not an option, or something is too high to reach, or under a piece of furniture and you need arms ten feet long to reach it.
3. Recently, after a couple of surgeries I have discovered the apparatus that helps you put your socks on. I truly wish I had bought stocks in the production of that commodity. It is wonderful! I cannot bring up my one leg so I can reach my foot, so I put my sock over the plastic creating a place for my feet to just slide in and the sock pulled on. Absolutely awesome! At least that is what I think.
I have a manual typewriter. My film cameras are gone much to the dismay of my brother, the purist. But after the internet outage the other days it did set me to thinking more seriously about the issue. Perhaps I should not be in such a hurry to trade analog for all things digital.