In John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, the process of someone being issued the status excommunicado is shown. Throughout multiple scenes we see the High Table "logistics department" using:

  • Switchboard operators
  • Chalkboards to keep track of bounties
  • Typewriters
  • Extremely outdated computers
  • Old fashion intercom systems for records requests

Why do they use such outdated tech?

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    And how do they find all these tattooed and pierced young folks that are willing to do shady mafia-level business in 60's style office clothes?
    – Ian
    Commented Jun 6, 2019 at 7:28
  • It's still "advanced" in comparison with Bowery King's pigeons!
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I suspect it's combination of two things

  1. Older tech is harder to track/copy/leak, so helps keep the information away from law enforcement (not that I really recall seeing any in the movies, other than the guy that visited John's house in the first movie)

  2. An aesthetic choice by the director/writer, it gives the world a unique look and style.

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    And then just don't make them like they used to... Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 8:37

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