OK, here is something where I am just going to have to trust you to tell me the truth. I will start by telling you what I know.
Three people are in a room. One of them wrote something awesome, the other two have read it:
1) First, an earlier draft
2) Second, a revision
Person A (don't you dig the true crime/52 bicycles-in-a-room vibe?) read both versions on paper. You know, dead trees. Wasting resources. Destroying worlds. Etc etc. This person loved LOVED the first version, and felt the revision was less present in some small ways. Still great, still heartfelt, but more rushed.
Person B read the first version on an iPad, and really liked it. Read the revision on paper and was BOWLED OVER. The feelings! The intensity! The true soulfulness of the whole proposition! What an amazing revision, she said. (Or, you know, words to that effect.)
What gives? I am iPad-less since the time I borrowed one from work and nearly went insane trying to manage on the tiny little ghostlike keyboard. I swore never to own one. Sort of.
But I have a suspicion, a wormlike, creeping suspicion, that the iPad somehow diabolically managed to suck the soul out of this story. Too many times person B said, "Oh, but the scene with the "cat" is new, right?" [Reader alert: There is not really a scene with a cat, but I am feeling like I can't say what there is, because it wouldn't exactly be fair. Besides, there could be a scene with a cat, right?] And then Person A and the Writer said, "No, it was there before," and person B marveled.
Is it true? Could an iPad do this? Should we run and warn the others?