On the internet are some funny videos out there in which a comedian is using an old typewriter in the library. These clips are humorous, because it is so different and so oldschool. Mostly, the other people in the library are first laughing about the joke and after 5 minutes they asking for stop it because the typewriter is too noisy. Also the repetition of the experiment in a different country with a different typewriter produces the same result so it is not really a good idea to do so.
What is the right innovative but accepted behaviour inside a library? It was discussed in an earlier posting, https://trollheaven.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/is-it-ok-to-use-a-typewriter-in-a-gym/ The answer is to use a dog inside the library. Like the experiment with a typewriter in the first 5 minutes it is very unusual if somebody bring his Bull Terrier into the library, because this is total forbidden. Most library have a sign at the entrance to not bring dogs within. But in contrast to bringing in a typewriter, after 5 minutes the dog is accepted widely. And even more, some libraries have dedicated “library dogs” which are living there and their only task is to listening what the people are reading to them.
Somebody may argue, that dogs are not his favourite thing, instead he wants to use a typewriter. But if the library is the wrong place, where is the right place for an old-school manual typewriter? I’ve found the answer in the following video:
It is called “typewriter in office”. But this time the office is on the street. So it is an outdoor office. What is the difference between a dog, a typewriter, an office and a library? It has something to do with loudness. Typewriters are loud, and office is also loud. Library is quiet, and dogs are quiet. It is not possible to use a typewriter with small noise, so it can only be used in office like environment. It has to do with working man. On the other hand, libraries and dogs have something to do with relaxing and homes.
What can be seen in the above video? It is a loud street in India. There are two tables out there, behind them are sitting older man. They doing business, which means, one is the customer and the other types in for him a document on the machine. Both typewriting machine are working at the same time. It is very loud on the street. If somebody would join the scene, with a bigger typewriting machine which is more loud, nobody would ask him to leave. It is a normal behaviour, which is socially accepted. So the prediction is, that anywhere in the world, if a man with a typewriter sits direct on the street and typing in letters, it would be accepted.
The question which remains open is, what happens if some really crazy guy brings a typewriter and a Pit Bull Terrier into a library. Is it ok or not?
According to the following video, at least cats doesn’t like typewriters:
Also in another youtube clip is a cat shown, which runs away after typing in a letter.
Perhaps, you as my reader thought it was a joke to imagine that somebody brings a pitpull into the library. No it is not. I found a clip which shows that pitbull terrier are very good listeners. They love stories about cowboys and the pony-express in the wild west.
It is remarkable that “therapy reading dogs” can also be fighting dogs. A fighting dog eats normally raw meats and it is a good idea to stay away from them, especially if they are barking. But, there are many pictures out there, which are showing clearly, that reading a book lout in front of him, activates some kind of relaxing mode. The scientific background is not clearly researched, but it happens to often to be called a placebo effect.
From an animal psychologist perspective it would be interesting to research what would happen if we take the most aggressive pitbull dog ever and reading to him all the stories of the library, and if we done, then we switch to the science-books. After some years or so the dog would get perhaps an diploma and speaks to us? In the movie “dawn of the planet of the apes” is a scene where an ape tries to read a book. That will not work, dogs and apes can not read. But they can listening to a human who reads. And they understand the text.
ANIMAL VS PRINTER
Interestingly not only noise making typewriter are hated by cats but also normal ink-jet printers. There are some videos on youtube which shows clearly that a printer makes the cat aggressive. And perhaps the same is true for dogs. So what does it means for our library dog? To get a relaxed atmosphere it is important to ban old-fashioned typewriter machines but also modern laserprinters which makes no noise. So in the library only the reading of books is allowed but the not making of new one. This is done outside at the street.
There is another video out there which is remarkable clearly. A very modern office printer which makes absolutely no noise is activated. Only the paper feed motor is working sometimes and the printer works great. So normally no man or animal is hurt in any matter. But, the cat who is sitting next to the printer is in alert mode. Every time the paper is pushed out, she gets nervous. So even a non-expert can see, that the cat doesn’t like it. So from a logical point of view, it is not possible that the cat understand the internal working of a printer, but it seems, that she understand it totally.
It seems, that dogs and human can clearly separate between relaxing and alert. Relaxing is, when a book is read out loud. And alert is, when a book is printed. In another “cat vs. printer” video the cat even tries to eat the paper. She is attacking the machine, and punch the sheet with his teeth. Why? There is no danger for the cat, and the printer is very quiet. The same is true for dogs. A super-silent printer is attacked by a dog, he barks and jumps onto it.
So let us bring this in comparison to the intro, where a man brings an old-typewriter into a library. The first idea was, that because of the noise the other guest are angry, but that it’s not true. :The same effect happens, if the man brings a supersilent modern typewriter into the library, which makes absolutely no noise. This would also ends in a disaster. No the physical loudness is important but the acting of printing.
It is not true, that a dog in alert mode is automatically wrong. Aggressive behaviour can be necessary in certain conditions. But there is a clear difference between relaxing and attack. My prediction is, that a pitbull near a laserprinter is not a good idea if the aim is relaxing. Perhaps, the pitbull thinks that he must defend against something. And this normally means to fight with maximum energy until the enemy is finished. If we search for “Dog attacking printer” more youtube-clips are shown, which are more than clear. A printing machineis the enemy number one. The typical reaction is barking and attacking.