Even after the proliferation of print, the humble pen continued to flourish. History owes a lot to the literates who, entirely off their own steam, chose to document the times they lived in. Without people such as Samuel Pepys, there would be huge caverns in our knowledge of major events that happened in relatively recent history.
But over the past couple of decades, there has been a tangible shift away from ink and lead-based inscription, into digital representations of this thing we call language. –The Next Web.