Tag: orality

Group B: Gramophone, Film, Typewriter and the Challenges of Media

I remain fascinated by the constant challenges human beings historically face when confronted with new means of expressing themselves through media. For Kittler, von Mücke, and Similon, what are at stake in these challenges? I’m also still interested on the topic of writing in response to orality, and then electronic media in response to writing. In this piece, those concerns appear again concerning issues…

Language, Writing, and Introspection

The readings for today – Walter Ong’s “Writing Restructures Consciousness” (Ch. 4) in Orality and Literacy, and Ursula Le Guin‘s speculative short story “The Author of the Acacia Seeds” – are both interested in parsing out what writing is, and how its use either shapes or is shaped by the inner lives of its authors and readers. There’s a lot…