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Thursday
Dec222011

Paperless Dreams


Photo Booth Paper

There was a time when hopes were high in offices and homes everywhere. Soon we would be free of paperclips, staples, three ring binders, printers and especially ink. Sadly, the dream of the paperless office wound up in the recycling bin next to the hovercraft. 

We have come a long way in the past 15 years, most utilities & creditors now offer paperless billing, nearly all social correspondence is done via email, and even a lot of legal documents can be digitally signed. But we have a long way to go, and I'm thinking of two areas where we could use a lot of improvement. 

The biggest area is government. I'll reserve politics for another post, but I think we can all agree to the inefficiencies of dealing with any branch of the government. Getting any kind of permit, license, or really conducting most any business results in a trip to a brick & mortar building, filling out a form, sometimes with duplicates or required photocopies. 

Recently I saw a commercial paid for by the USPS that was encouraging businesses large and small to send receipts and invoices via the mail. If it wasn't so embarrassing it would be funny. Maybe we should deliver it by horse and buggy too so that the blacksmith will have work? I'm just as impressed as the next guy that I can put a piece of paper in a box and get it anywhere in the world for less than a dollar, but the time has come to put an end to it all. Fuel, vehicle maintance, postal buildings and associated costs, paper, ink, glue, it's just irresponsible.

How does this relate to Flicker Stage and photo booth rentals in general? 99% of all photo booths are printing. I get it, it's nice to walk away from a party with a favor. But what a waste! No matter how beautiful the pictures you're taking with your point and shoot, your DSLR or your phone are, you're probably not printing them out to put in a photo album. You're uploading, emailing, and sharing. We have Flickr, Facebook, twitter and many more ways for the world to see our art!

My point is that we could realise the Paperless Dream. Think of the few times you actually need something printed, and think about what effect, if any it would have on your life if you did not have that something printed. We are trying hard to do our part to make the dream come true, we hope you'll join us.