Chirography• Language no longer just transitory;• selections of language can outlive creators!• Voice separated from words• Tools for recording!• Eyes and symbols carry the meaning
Centuries Pass ...Books are rare.Very few can read or write.Texts are copied by hand.Texts with information andwisdom are sometimes lost oraltered.But much knowledge ispreserved and passed on!Time and space no longerimprison person’s / culture’sideas & information
The Invention of Type!• Type - individual letters organized into words and sentences.• Mechanical production, not by hand.• Many more books.• Many more steps between author and reader’s text.• Multiple identical copies of texts.
The Printing Press Leads to • posters and more politics • authorized versions of texts • authorized translations of the Bible • the goal of universal literacy
Because of the Printing Press,•we developed• alphabetic indexes•modern science•modern poetry and novels•the quantification of knowledge•dictionaries•privacy and plagiarism!
Because of the printing press• The expense & bureaucracy of publishing limits who can get published• Type itself gives off a sense of authority to readers’ eyes/understanding• Manuscript is further separated from printed text• One hand, pen, paper > machinery > text on paper for eyes
More stepsbetween writer’s hand and tool and readers’ eyes
Separation• Writers are distanced from creating a meaningful text • handwriting has no authority • printed text is hegemonic
Visual (still & moving) andAural Representations - 20th Century - Mass Media
My world starts with books, photos, radio, records, movies, television, (eye/symbol, eye, ear, ear & eye)
I despise my handwriting• I can’t type without multiple errors • My composing and publishing are alienated! • I don’t try to publish
Technology Liberates!Word-processing and the Bank Street Writer +My first writing group =Neatly printed text I created directly (with 2 hands and my writing machinery)
I shape my text directly andmy appetite is whetted for a beautiful appearance to equal my meaningful composition of words
This new tool gives me control over my text’s appearance!With control comes responsibility!I study layout, page design and Fonts
• I use my new tool to write and publish• I use my new tool to apply to OISE• I use my new tool to study how to learn to use this new tool• I use my new tool to write a thesis about learning to use this new tool!
• I found my font - Lucida Grande• I created my beautiful and meaningful thesis using my 2 hands & my laptop• I put it online - accessible beyond time and place• So what’s next in my (our) grand communication adventure? - A hint ...
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