The 'Ding' That Was Heard Around The World
News broke yesterday that the age of the typwriter typewriter was officially done for, and that screenwriters and secretaries alike would be saying sayonara to this beast of tech-burden.
Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company out of India, one of the last manufacturers of the machine, announced that their business had rapidly decreased since 2009 and that their final 500 in stock would be the last of the product.
"From the early 2000 onwards, computers started dominating," Milind Dukle, the companies general manager, told India's Business Standard newspaper. "All the manufacturers of office typewriters stopped production, except us. Till 2009, we used to produce 10,000 to 12,000 machines a year."
Twitter (the antithesis of the typewriter) was in an uproar when the story hit the net, and many people tweeted the simple yet solemn, "RIP Typewriters" hash tag. So where does this leave us? Wondering if someday Texts and Tweets will be replaced? Perhaps, but for now we'd like to have a moment of silence for our beloved friend… Ding!