The difference is that the printed word can be challenged - and changed if necessary BUT the computer word is not only more acceptable but difficult to change if wrong. Again a tale from my work days. Every Monday morning the Home Office received a list from prisons of their current occupancy and the sheets were duly passed to a clerk who checked them for errors before passing them on the Data Control section who transcribed the data into computer language which was then processed overnight on Tuesday. On Wednesday mornings a successful run generated a message which indicated that I could run a suite of 3 programs that produced a printed Occupancy Report within 3 minutes. The report was produced by 12:00 mid-day and taken by the Senior Officer to the clerk who checked the printed report against the figures she had assembled from the forms by end of day on Monday; if any fault was found it was ALWAYS in the computer-generated figures not in hers. When this was pointed out with the consequent question of what value was the report she replied that the computer printout looked more presentable to management therefor more acceptable - irrespective of the accuracy of the printed figures !! Sadly that dependency on the "computer being right" still permeates thinking today and I'm sure that this dependency has caused much of the recent problems that face modern society !