Monday, April 25, 2011
Life Is Better With All This Technology.
The Forbes technology blog channels Andy Rooney. “Life was better before we had all of this technology,” he said every week on 60 Minutes.
In this case, a former paralegal is nostaligic for the days when Supreme Court briefs had to be set at an old-fashioned printer. He describes it as one of his “great joys.”
Yes, life was better back then. Except it wasn’t.
The physical process of having briefs printed no longer involves hours at the printers setting and resetting type and getting covered with ink. But more importantly, the modern process is both superior in its ability to allow last minute substantive changes and edits, and cheaper. The costs of lawyers and paralegals spending hours at a printer, not to mention the cost of the type itself, must have been so astronomical that only the most deep pocketed clients could afford the service.
This story illustrates how technology – but reducing costs and enabling lawyers to spend time on substantive work – has improved the world.