Genesis of a Paper Trail
In the beginning, man created paper, and it was good. It was permanent, stateful, and could be used for warmth if the auditor got too close. Man could transfer the paper to another man, certain his message would get across. Man could doodle and mark-up the paper. For a backup solution, there was carbon paper. And, there was much rejoicing.
And, lo, God saw Man enjoying paper, and said, ""If as one people they use the paper, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them." And so, God invented e-mail and the Blackberry. And suddenly, man's communication was much faster, yet intent and meaning was lost. Yet, there was much rejoicing. (?)
Finally, in the business, Man created Groupware. "Email is no longer sufficient! We need Lotus Notes databases, and Wikis, and Blogs, and forums, eRooms, and FocalPoints." And vendors grew rich providing solutions to the business Men. And no one knew where to find the information. Putting information into these systems became all anyone did. And there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth.