Hieroglyphics to Holograms

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From Writing Materials.

Since we began reading the different opinions of scholars who have studied the transition from oral to writing, there's a noticable detail. No one can seem to agree on which is tecnically "better." We all benefit from oral communication and writing, especially in our era. Plato's Socrates said, "writing destroys memory" (Ong 319). He claimed that writing weakens the mind and basically places a hault on the growth potential of memory. This was the theory and philosophy 2500 years ago. This was before writing and literacy developed into what it is now. We've come a long way from caveman drawings to hieroglyphics to actual letters and words.
"...Because we have by today so deepy interiorized writing, made it so much a part of ourselves, as Plato's age had not yet made it fully a part of itself..." (321).
In Plato's era, people were more experienced with oral communcation but in today's society, children are learning to write as they are learning to speak. We all know a child in kindergarten cannot fluently speak the entire English language. They still struggle with tenses structure, and still have a limited vocabulary. 2500 years ago, only the very intelligent learned to write and that was in adulthood, years after they mastered the oral language.
In modern society, I believe that oral communcation and writing is equally balanced in terms of strength between people. For example, politicians are very good at public speaking and negotiation. They generally have stronger debate and people skills. Politicians also have others write their speeches which are not their words, but the delivery of those words is what is important for them. In contrast, people who study language and publish novels are most likely to have a leg-up in the writing area...as obvious as that seems.
I believe that the strengths from oral and writing differ from how you were raised and the emphasis that was placed on which. Personally as a kid, I wrote everything down. The only people I ever had the chance to debate and negotiate with were my parents and it was either their way or the highway, so I kept alot to myself and wrote it down.
With writing as an ancient technological advancement, I along with everyone else was born into the world of an already established art of writing. And like every other invention and advancement, we as people adapt to the change.
Look at the digital world now. As writing was once considered a huge advancement that some did not always welcome happily, it is evident that computers are intruding on writing's spotlight. As Shellie quoted Ong in her blog entry, "Writing was an intrusion, though an invaluable intrusion, into the early human lifeworld, much as computers are today."
So much emphasis was placed on the developments of writing which was a prolonging argument for centuries and now quicker than ever, literal technology is advancing at the speed of light. Soon, holograms are going to be the next invention that will assist us in writing and spelling, not on paper, or a computer but probably in thin air. As the letters and words float in the air right in front of you and dragging a word with your fingertip will begin your very first holographic novel. Pun? It's an interesting thought though.

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I really like your connection between hieroglyphics and holograms. I too believe that some day we will be watching movies as if we are in them. That might be new and exciting at first, but won't it sometimes be easier to fall back on a paper and pencil? I am just hoping that human's won't lose their touch for reading and writing. We have some talented scholars in our lifetime and I wouldn't want to see people relying on technology for that.

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