Monthly Archives: September 2013

Commentary 1 “I Have Spoken”

In his essay “I Have Spoken” Hochbruck talks about the use of oral traditions in written texts.  He discusses how using the standard rhetorical closing formula of “I Have Spoken” brings to mind some notion of orality and authenticity to … Continue reading

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The Balance Between Ways of Communicating

Biakolo argues convincingly in his paper “On the Theoretical Foundations of Orality and Literacy,” (1999), that Ong (1982), and others were less than fair in using Plato as their measuring stick for those in a literate Greek culture. He does this … Continue reading

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Commentary on the Psychodynamics of Orality Chap. 3

In the introduction to Walter Ong’s text on “Orality and Literacy” (1982) he indicates to the reader that hindsight is twenty-twenty when deconstructing history. The author explores the idea that we, as a culture, had no understanding of how orality … Continue reading

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The Judgement of Postman: The benefits and drawbacks of technological innovations

Postman introduces his book, Technopoly with chapter one, The Judgement of Thamus, in which he attacks American media and television. Postman’s main argument in this chapter is that new technologies alter the structure of our interests including the things we … Continue reading

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Commentary 1 – Orality and Literacy – Lisa Nevoral

Introduction Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy brings forward a compelling argument how writing has played a large role in shaping human consciousness (1982).  He writes in a “matter of fact” and authoritative manner, which makes the reader feel that what … Continue reading

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The Transformation Continues

References: Biakolo, E.A. (1999). On the theoretical foundations of orality and literacy. Research in African Literatures, 30(2), 42-65. [journal] Brandt, D. (2003).  Changing Literacy.  Teachers College Record, 105(2), 245-260. [journal] Cope, B., & Kalantzis, M. (Eds.) (2000). Multiliteracies: Literacy learning … Continue reading

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Teachnology: The Role of Teachers When Teaching with Technology

As technology changes, so do our lives. It is obvious technology changes the way we communicate, but it is also changing our culture in ways we might not realize. We are constantly making a bargain of some sort because for … Continue reading

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Technology: Postman vs. a ‘Winner’

In “The Judgement of Thamus” from the book Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology, Neil Postman presents a critical view of technological changes and advances. One area that he discusses is the many of the costs or problems that … Continue reading

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In “Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the World,” Walter Ong (1982) distinguishes the differences between oral and literate cultures.  In his contrast of the two cultures, he analyzes them as distinct entities, separate from each other.  In this formal … Continue reading

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What libraries may come are yet untold…

O’Donnell envisions a virtual library that “will be just like the past only better and faster” (1994) because of the technological possibilities of our time. However, he is also careful to point out that the “virtual library” (i.e. a universal … Continue reading

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