Paper: a dangerous medium

Dan Kohn (
Fri, 4 Apr 1997 18:02:58 -0800

Slate has an entertaining (if somewhat obvious) editorial decrying
paper as "a dangerous medium, all too prone to misuse by pedophiles,
political extremists, paranoid conspiracy mongers, and purveyors of
bad casserole recipes." Obviously, children need to be protected
against such a threat.

A sampler:

Mere words cannot describe the vast range of content now available on
paper. Much of this, to be sure, is harmless nonsense, such as the
installation instructions that come with popular software products.
But paper is by far the favorite medium of pornographers. Ransom notes
use paper as well. Several years ago a scientific journal published
instructions for building a nuclear bomb. Where? On paper!

- dan

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