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"The written word was only a silent monument to deeds and words - important, to be sure, but still secondary.  Literature, as we know it, barely existed."  This was an exert from Anthony Di Renzo's "His Master's Voice: Tiro and the Rise of the Roman Secretarial Class."  Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.

It is hard for me to imagine that during a time of such beautiful language and probably even more beautiful craftsmanship, there was not much, if any scribes written down.  The language used was so unique and thanks to Tiro, sentences and grammar started coming into play.  It is funny that writing was once a symbol of prestige.  Nothing was written for any other purpose other than marking the territory of nobility.

Tiro's shorthand system became beneficial during times of great speeches and dialogue within the governments.  The socialites of the time would have benefited from Tiro's system of speed-writing in order to obtain as much information as possible.

"Since writing was a civic memory machine tended by servants, the Republican ruling class felt no need to calibrate it.  For convenience, certain abbreviations were used in monuments, most famously "S.P.Q.R.," Senatus Populusqu Romanus: the Senate and People of Rome."

Well society has sure gone down that path once again.  The amount of words that get abbreviated are absurd.  I am almost positive that some people are starting to abbreviate everything.  Is that because we have become lazy?  Or are we trying to be more creative and unique?  The times when I abbreviate most are in a text message when I am just about running out room.  I could never abbreviate orally; it just wouldn't happen.  This need for making words shorter is affecting the beauty and elegance that the written word entails.  We are forgetting that literature is "the art of written works." As such, Di Renzo has the right thought about the generation that will change what was once a regal art of scripts.

"Professional and institutional languages have become increasingly technical and abstract, while computers, E-mail, and faxes have dematerialized public space and public discourse.  Instead of being the rhetors of a virtual republic, we could become the scribes of a new empire."

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