The promise rings hollow. Cybersecurity experts are suggesting states have a voter-verified paper record of every ballot cast to guard against Russian hackers. Many people are reluctant to do on-line banking, fearing some hacker will erase their accounts from the “cloud.” They want to be able to point to a paper statement and say, “This proves I have this money.”
When I reorder medicine online, a message on the page says, “Print this for your records.” While newspaper print circulation has fallen, the New York Times still has a print circulation of more than 2.2 million.
If we were truly in a paperless society, inkjet and laser printers would be as scarce as fax machines. Hardly. Best Buy, for example, has more than 270 different printers available. (They have only one combination fax-printer.)
Should we completely dismiss the idea of a paperless society?