Paper is dead — or is it?

Ever since a 1975 Business Week article suggested that the workplace of the future would be paperless, reports of paper’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

More than 40 years later, we know that simply hasn’t been the case.

Domtar’s “Paper is Dead” video finds the comedy in those failed predictions through dramatic irony. A favorite device of playwrights and screenwriters, dramatic irony results when the audience knows more about the situation being played out than one or more of the characters involved in it do.

What do we know that the two office employees discussing the contents of the huge manual and talking about copying it don’t? Watch the video to find out.

The film is part of the Really Really Short Films series, which reaffirms the indispensable role paper plays in the office and in all sorts of other situations in daily life. The videos are a part of Domtar’s #Paperbecause campaign, which promotes the many uses of paper.