Paperless World
March 10, 2005, 09:29 PM
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As I was reading this story, ( Girl has car stolen by Hispanic car thief, girl gets car back herself) I was amazed to read that the police were trying to look up the thief's phone number in a hardcover reverse directory, (Haines Criss-Cross, still in business, but hey, some people are still making buggywhips) when anyone can look up a phone number on Infospace.com or even on Google.

Then I saw the date: 1999, near the end of the 20th Century. Things have changed a lot since then.

I mention this because Bryanna's story today mentioned checking out the websites of the Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, which Patterico refers to as the Los Angeles Dog Trainer. I've more or less given up on hardcopy newspapers, (treezines) and it would be bad if I did have a dog to train. Recently, I had to glue something and I couldn't find a newspaper anywhere in my apartment to keep the glue from dripping on the counter.

I finally used a distressed copy of Commentary, and a Lands End catalogue, instead, and weighted it down with two phonebooks and a Columbia Encyclopedia, all of which are available on line. It may be that in the future you'll have to buy newsprint in specialty craft shops, and books will only be used for things you might actually enjoy reading.

Is there is point? If there is, it's that VDARE.COM is the wave of the future. Oh, and send us money, please, because we don't get ads from downtown drygoods merchants also going the way of the Dinosaur.