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Di Renzo Informal Reflection...

Everyone has always stressed to me that you can’t get anywhere in life unless you are educated. In the contemporary world this means obtaining a college degree or the equivalent. In his essay Di Renzo wrote about the relation ship of Tiro and his master Cicero. Remarkably this had a lot to do with the two founding principles of education which are reading and writing. Tiro, who was basically a slave to Cicero, had much more value to society than most people because he had the ability to read and write. He edited and wrote on behalf of Cicero and it is safe to say that he was responsible for much of his work.

The importance of knowing how to read and write during this time period was truly significant when the social classes began to shift. The Roman government relied primarily on documents at this time and suddenly people like Tiro who wrote jumped up in social status. Political power was now going to those who were previously regarded as second class citizens. Scribes and librarians were suddenly very noble members of society.

This event really speaks to the value of a good education. In Ong’s reading we learned that writing is often associated with the imperious. Di Renzo’s essay is the perfect example of this statement because the educated prevailed and became those on top of the social ladder. The sentiment of reading and writing leading to superiority still reins true in today’s world. People who are highly versed in these seemingly basic skills are the leaders of nations and those who cannot perform these skills are simply common citizens. I feel like the biggest thing that we can take away from this reading is that literacy is essential to survive in the world.

Rachel Prichard's agenda item was something that I felt inclined to comment about. Iwrote that I thought it is very interesting that she looked at people in power as not having the ability to write well. Most of the time we think of CEOs and leaders as being well versed in many fields of academia. This was a nice change of view point because above I argued that the people with the good educations are those that are superior in society and have more power than the illiterate.

I also took a keen interest in David Cristello’s agenda item.On his blog I wrote that the modern alphabet is something truly remarkable. Imagine having to write in Greek. I was also impressed by Tiro's development of shorthand writing. As the oral culture began to fade we see not only as social shift into the distance, but also a linguistic one as well.

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