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Dystopian Handwriting: Hacked Pen and Paper Edition

Updated: Sep 19


Photo Cred: Dorothy Attakora-Gyan


I saw a LinkedIn post today that spoke to the joys of handwriting on pen and paper. Someone commented how science has proven the added benefits of handwriting. I agree with all of that. My auntie Nana Akua bought me my first journal in the 8th or 9th grade. I've been in love with writing in journals and notebooks ever since. As a writer, there is something therapeutic about putting pen to paper. Journal dumps, for example, help silence mind chatter.


But I learned the hard way that anything you write down, can and will be used against you. This YouTube video and Soundcloud audio post asks us to consider a dystopian future where our handwriting is weaponized as data and used against us, especially in the wake of abortion bans.


Until next time, in solidarity.

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