questions on the loo, issue #2: Push-button culture and thinking

In “Media in Ancient Empires,” Harold Innis says that the transition from tablet to papyrus writing, due to the mechanical differences between writing in stone and writing on paper, led to a “lightness” of thought⎯an increase in eloquence, observation, and reflection.  For the first time, writing was not only used to keep factual records, but also to philosophize.  Then what i’d like to know is, how is the current transition from handwriting to typing changing thought?  How do the mechanical differences between the two forms of writing translate into cognitive differences?  And how are those cognitive differences changing the way we communicate?

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under communication, culture, philosophy, questions on the loo, technology

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s