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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?

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