A wonderful Poet-Blogger that I follow posted a poem today about the lost art of handwritten letters. (I will include the link to his blog at the end of the post). It brought to mind this photo taken while attending a class at Harvard.
In the interconnected world that we live in today even to the extreme where we now have our email follow us through a little box attached to our hips, the "ride board" is still a mainstay at our college campuses. Electronic surveillance be damned, the postings still abound. On a 4ft by 3 ft square of cork lives the hopes, dreams and needs of our students looking for that connection. It may be a ride home, the chance to make some money by taking part in a psyche or medical experiment, a job, a chance to learn a new language or a political statement. The ride board remains a gathering place...a point of connection. Still using the time honored method of the tear off at the bottom with a phone number. The most telling aspect of this photo is when you view the larger picture, you will see hundreds of staples and bits of past postings that once took their place on this valuable real estate.
As the Poet-Blogger said so eloquently in so many words...Hard Copy, actually touched by a human hand is so refreshing in today's world.
His site: http://jcosmonewbery2.blogspot.com
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