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Two Themes

Even though this course covered a lot of ground, most of the content was quite closely related, particularly when viewed at the end. For me, two themes were of particular interest and I noticed that many other students commented and … Continue reading

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Tension Between the Visual and the Verbal

Here is my Major Project, which explores the changing relationship between text and image from the medieval to the digital age. Introduction The relationship between the visual and textual elements used in representation has changed in the time from the … Continue reading

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Codex Manuscript to Codex Print

Introduction In the middle of the 15th century an obscure German goldsmith named Johannes Gutenberg invented a movable type printing press in the city of Mainz. Thereafter, the new printing industry quickly spread across Europe and made possible the mass … Continue reading

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Commentary #1 — The Judgment of Thamus

Introduction In his book “ Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology”, Neil Postman presents Plato’s legend of the wise king Thamus’ response to the invention of writing as an instructive lesson in how societies should think about living in … Continue reading

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The Unabomber

“The system does not and cannot exist to satisfy human needs. Instead, it is human behavior that has to be modified to fit the needs of the system. This has nothing to do with the political or social ideology that … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Text

“The printed word (which is always separated from context) has been represented by Western thinkers as a more accurate representation of reality than the spoken word, which is dependent upon context and interpersonal accountability.” This quote is from C.A. Bowers … Continue reading

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Hi from Andrew

This is an image of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s typewriter. I always found the story of the effect his new typewriter had on his writing style a good example of the power of the technology to transform our thinking. I … Continue reading

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