Apparently, the exchange of business cards is a faux-pas in the digital age. As it turns out, not so much.
The business faux pas has a proud history. Be it breaking the awkward silence with the regional manager by speculating on the sexual calibre of his assistant, only to discover that they share a blood link, or photocopying your own genitals, or ‘borrowing’ some corpses into work so you can take the T2 lane.
Yeah, I never worked in an office.
However, as a serf that serves the digital age, I know that the oldest of hats are at the most at risk. This especially applies to the humble business card, that three inches of cardboard that adds inches to your downstairs furniture.
It seems like the long-held construct of handing someone a piece of paper that proves that you’re better than them is not really at risk, it is merely changing, but keeping the same aims. In fact, many in the media/entertainment business rarely use cards as they’re seen as a faux-pas.
A get with the times, fogie, faux-pas.
Some claim that they never bring cards in order to alpha the situation – by taking someone else’s card instead of giving them your own, you regain control in the business exchange by getting to contact them instead of waiting for a call or email.
I don’t know, business is stupid. No, I don’t have a card. Google me.
However, if the business card dies (and there’s a volcano of hot takes charting both sides of the argument), you’d have to think that it’d be a very quick trip to purgatory, as if the world of business, and indeed the trend of Hipsterism taught us anything, it’s that nothing is original, and everything comes back in style.
It’s just a matter of when.