[SIGCIS-Members] faxing, covid, and printout v faxing confusion

Armando Fox fox at berkeley.edu
Thu Sep 23 08:49:02 PDT 2021


thanks, this was a darkly amusing article.  i'm teaching a technology-and-society freshman seminar this semester (digitalquandary.org) and in open discussion last week a student asked about how healthcare is often the last major sector to adopt IT innovation.  the article is an excellent example of that and i'll pass it along, even though these students were born well after the decline of fax.

btw - i read jonathan's "Faxed" book last year and it was great and highly informative - definitely a worthwhile addition to my bookshelf of tech history.  definitely recommended!


Armando Fox (he, él, il, lui)
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> On Sep 23, 2021, at 08:27, Jonathan Coopersmith <j-coopersmith at tamu.edu> wrote:
> 
> At the risk of self-promotion, this might be of interest, if only to note the photo with a computer printout and not faxed sheets - I pointed out the error to the author
> 
>    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210903-how-covid-19-could-finally-be-the-end-of-the-fax-machine <https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210903-how-covid-19-could-finally-be-the-end-of-the-fax-machine>
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> 
> Stay sane and keep wearing a mask (partially for you; more for others),
> 
> Jonathan
> 
> Jonathan Coopersmith
> Professor
> Department of History
> Texas A&M University
> College Station, TX  77843-4236
> 979.739.4708 (cell)
> 979.862.4314 (fax)
> 
> Voting challenges:  https://theeagle.com/opinion/columnists/texas-should-be-the-model-for-secure-voting/article_4c35a332-e42c-11eb-b0d8-534c59b58ebe.html <https://theeagle.com/opinion/columnists/texas-should-be-the-model-for-secure-voting/article_4c35a332-e42c-11eb-b0d8-534c59b58ebe.html>
> 
> Preserving space archives:  https://www.toboldlypreserve.space/ <https://www.toboldlypreserve.space/>
> 
> International standards battles:  https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/geek-life/history/lets-thwart-this-terrible-idea-for-standards-setting <https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/geek-life/history/lets-thwart-this-terrible-idea-for-standards-setting__;!!KwNVnqRv!R4dbJx9DOnSkoiNAwXjHq9sp5vMvdGEVtOMlWJUc6AH7iQiRA7bw1VEUYeo6i2St9sgf$>
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> FAXED.  The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine (Johns Hopkins University Press) 
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