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Forum 1: Idea-Fest/Pre-Write…

Oral culture…where do I being with you? First off I guess I should let you all know that I found that the essay on defending oral culture was rather difficult to complete. Actually, I couldn’t even bring myself to write passionately about oral culture. It is not that I am against oral culture, but I just didn’t know what to say that wasn’t already implied about it.

Over the past two days I have been racking my brain trying to figure out ways that oral culture is better than manuscript culture, but the truth is that the two cannot even be compared. It is not a matter of saying which is better, but rather a celebration of their differences.

As I mentioned in class yesterday, I have contemplated presenting on the cell phone as an extension of oral culture, but I have come to the conclusion that a cell phone is similar to a blog in the sense that it is a hybrid of both oral and written culture. We talk, text and e-mail via cell phones so that makes them this magical hybrid device. But remarkably even text messages are routed in oral culture. I then began to think about the regular telephone and its uses. Honestly I never use a regular telephone! Although it was the invention that truly extended the reaches of oral culture because that was its focus…just talking.

Cell phones have too much going to on be named as the true extension of oral culture. It is only through land lines that we can label a phone an extension of oral culture. Land line telephones take away the writing component that cell phones bring to the table and therefore are closer to actual oral culture.

Questions to consider: (please look these over)

1. Are you more prone to use a cell phone to carry on long conversations (over 10 minutes) while at home?

2 .How often do you use a land line telephone to communicate? Do you call friends or use it for business purposes only?

3 .Do you find that cell phones are a tool of convenience that has distanced you from the human interaction of oral culture?

4. How many times a day would you estimate that you use a cell phone? Landline?

5. What was your life like in regard to communication prior to owing a cell phone? Would you describe it as simpler?

Comments (2)

Kayla Sawyer:

Land line phones don't exist in my world.

Questions to consider: (please look these over)

1. Are you more prone to use a cell phone to carry on long conversations (over 10 minutes) while at home? No, its extremely rare for me to spend even 5 minutes on a phone.

2 .How often do you use a land line telephone to communicate? Do you call friends or use it for business purposes only? Almost Never. I basically only use my cell, except when I'm at work and have to call various companies

3 .Do you find that cell phones are a tool of convenience that has distanced you from the human interaction of oral culture? Distanced? Yes.

4. How many times a day would you estimate that you use a cell phone? Landline? Cell phone-2 to 5? Landline...almost never

5. What was your life like in regard to communication prior to owing a cell phone? Would you describe it as simpler? Simpler...yes. Although not having one today would mean missing social functions.

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