Feast of St Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia
Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word by Walter Ong, S.J.
One can scarcely exaggerate how profoundly the introduction of writing changed all facets of human existence. Ong lucidly documents those changes and then projects his conclusions into the age of mass electronic communications. This thirtieth anniversary edition offers two new essays by cultural critic John Hartley, which contextualize Ong within recent intellectual history on the rise of communication and media studies and within recent scholarship on orality, literacy and knowledge technologies. As we leave behind (courtesy of radios, telephones, and computers) our predominately chirographic culture to enter uncharted territory, Ong is a prophetic guide, offering philosophical, social, and theological implications.
263 pp. paper $33.95
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