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  • One thing people have worried about that might be more absolute in the "lost" sense is the mode of writing used by authors. When I read amazing passages from history, they always strike me as even more amazing when I remember they were written by hand. No text editor, no delete key, no instant revisions. Authors constructed much more in their head. While they still worked through drafts, it was often only one or two handwritten drafts.

    Todays authors edit instantly and revise instantly.

    No one knows the affect, but some are convinced there will be a noticeable change in written works.

    On another front, historians bemoan the loss of the draft copies that often let them see how a document evolved over time. Buy hey, we have version control, so maybe we'll have an even better record of our changes!