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SHORTHAND – CAN YOU WRITE AS FAST AS YOU SPEAK?

DEFINITION “Shorthand, also called stenography, is a system for rapid writing that uses symbols or abbreviations for letters, words, or phrases.” (1) Shorthand is any system of accelerated handwriting used for the transcription of the spoken word. Shorthand systems use … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 – The Telephone

INTRODUCTION: Just last month, I was at my sister’s house to celebrate my niece’s 12th birthday. A cousin of mine was also in attendance and his Blackberry kept buzzing all through dinner, so we got on the subject of cellular … Continue reading

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THE INVENTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY

OVERVIEW Invention The invention of the early camera,-the Camera obscura whose image recording process was based on the optical structure of the eye heralded a new way of recording visual image. Thus the early camera mimicked the eye in registering … Continue reading

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Radio and Television: Change Agents

Radio and Television: Change Agents In his book Technopoly, Neil Postman (1992) argues that technology needs to be understood for both what it contributes to a culture and what it takes away.  According to Postman, it is a fundamental truth … Continue reading

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Neutrality and Politics in Print and Digital Technologies

There is, in the world, real and perceived social and economic gaps that exist between cultures, societies, countries and even within such geopolitical entities. These gaps or divides often separate the world into those who have and those who have not, … Continue reading

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Orality and Literacy

Orality and Literacy Leslie Dawes Commentary #1 While reading chapter three of Orality and Literacy, by Walter J. Ong, I became intrigued by the comparisons he makes and the studies that he cites to support his work and the problems … Continue reading

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Commentary #1 – Technopoly

  The Surrender of Culture to Technology In light of Neil Postman’s (1992) title “Technopoly” I decided to place my commentary within the context of two competing cultures to emphasize the notion of “surrendering of culture to technology”. Often, when … Continue reading

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Technology

Writing is one way of recording text. Writing is a form of technology because it requires tools and medium. Writing on paper or writing electronically both require “physical interactions with terrestrial materials” (Bolter, p18). With the development of technology, writing … Continue reading

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TECHNOLOGY – Good or Bad?

I found the following paragraph quoted from Wikipedia’s page on technology interesting for several reasons, it highlights the controversial nature of technology and raises the issue that technology is probably not unique to humans. I also find it relevant to … Continue reading

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The Changing Nature of TEXT

When asked to define ‘text’ my initial response was written language. I now see a broader definition of text as a something that holds a message or information that others can interpret. The following quotes from Postman (1992) ‘orality stresses … Continue reading

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