CLICK, SAVE, MOVE ON …
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Our tools get replaced by better ones with fewer anomalies, speeding our capacity for work incredibly, but they are no substitute for thinking.
Technology and modern society embrace this, and we accept change readily, adopting the new without much thought for what is gone or old or left behind.
In our work and social organizations, we do this too. People come and go, customers come and go, new ideas come into fashion and what they replaced or improved upon quickly fades from memory.
Anything we want can be found, anything we need can be bought, but they aren’t instantly magically transformative or the best choice because our browser put them at the top of the search results page.
Yes, we can find nearly anything, but will we know with certainty when we first see them if they are the right-enough choice or best choice?
Who among us has not ordered ‘to your door within a day’ products only to find they were not the product we would have chosen in a store?
We can search and replace anything in writing, shopping, or creating new processes, products or services.
Anything, search for it.
Anything you want, buy it.
I love search and replace – to extract a word and replace it with an alternative, pull out a phrase to plug in a better one or fix a miss-used term with its correction – and to do it hundreds of times in a single document with a single click.
We proofread, of course, because not all substitutions work out as planned.
Every day – we remove wrong words, insert correct ones, hit ‘save’ and move on …