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January 30, 2008

EL 336 - natural handwriting

"All verbal expression, whether put into writing, print, or the computer, is ineluctably bound to sound forever. Nevertheless, by contrast with natural, oral speech, writing is completely artificial. There is no way to write "naturally." (pgs 321-322)

There really is no way to write naturally. If that were the case, the entire world would write the same. That is the beauty of writing. When you look at a book like BOOK you see that the different styles of writing from ancient times to now, really do impact print. They do this by giving print personality or a identity. It is like how people write in cursive and there writng is eloquent and pretty. yet, when someone writes on a post it quickly there print is is ugly and unreadable. What about printing on a computer? I know that writing on here makes my handwriting much more readable and relateable than if i would be writing this by hand. At the same time, there may be a connection to sound and writing. I can hear my fingers on the keyboard when I type. I can hear my pen scribbling on a new piece of paper.

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EL 336 - Freelance Scribe

"Cicero reworked Tiro's transcripts into written drafts of his speeches , which Tiro then polished, edited, and duplicated." (pg.10)

It was a real eye opener to me that one could consider anciet scribes as secretaries. I guess in reality that is really what there role is. when one thinks about it, a secretary is just an elongation of a scribe. It also makes me think about how people in the role of power (CEO's, heads of business, etc) really do not have the skills to write. Back in the Roman Republic though it wasn't part of their job. Nowadays, writers actually get hired to write for people who are the heads of major corporations and who do not know how to write proposals or things of that nature. I wonder if Cicero were around today if that is what he would be doing, freelance writing. Would he still get the fame and fortune he gained back in the ancient times? Probably not. How often do you hear about the writer who writes the statements for Donald Trump?

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January 28, 2008

EL 336 - Plato

"In the garden of letters he will sow and plant, but not only for the sake of recreation and amusement; he will write them down as a memorials to be treasured against the forgetfulness of old age, by himself, or by any other old man who is treadings the same path." (pg 363)

Doesn't that say it all ? I mean, it sounds like Socrates is looking for the very thing we have come to in today's age. With the media of print and internet etc there is no way modern man will forget any words. Ever. He makes a point earlier in the reading, where words that are spoken are not always intelligent ones. That does not matter in this day and age because we have genres of writing that preserve stupid information, just as we have ways of preserving the important things. So did Socrates really get what he wanted in the end?

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January 27, 2008

Testing 1 2 3

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