In a comment to my ranting about the evils of PDF, Dave makes a couple of good points, one about the way people approach working on screen vs. on paper, and another about the whole issue of saving paper.
First, he recalls a very useful way to distinguish between the way people approach working on screen vs. on paper.
[Digital] natives start with an all-digital process and incorporate analog processes as necessary. An immigrant starts with an all analog process and incorporates digital processes as necessary.
As much as I dislike the whole natives vs. immigrant metaphor, I like this analogy. It really is all about a mind set that sees digital solutions before analog ones.
And then Dave challenges the whole idea of reduced paper use as having a big impact.
He’s probably right that the money saved is relatively small and that there are many other products that have a much bigger environmental impact.
But I’m still going to push it. Let’s just consider saving paper as a relatively easy gateway into getting people to make other much more important reductions.
BTW, Dave, when are you going to start your own blog? :-)