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Post  murphy on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:12 am

In this writing by Ong we read his personal definition and feeling towards literacy. He talks about how literacy in areas that are more technologically advanced as being something as simple as tying a shoe or learning how to ride bike. These things in a way aren't as essential to life as literacy but he is trying to make the point that these are common things usually taught to us when we are really little. If we think about it, things such as tying a shoe are not as essential and common to areas of less fortunate circumstances. People who are literate see words for more than just letters and what we see them as, but for their meaning.If we didn't know how to read and write simple words would just be letters that go together to make a sound, and we would not fully understand them as well as a literate person would. Ong uses a good example, "Without writing, the literate mind would not and could not think as it does, not only when engaged in writing but even when it is composing its thoughts in oral form". Ong argues that without written word language will vanish and never be used. he tells us that there are many languages used in the oral form but since they are not documented on paper, they are lost and not thought of as a real language, and some are unaware that what they are saying can be written down."They believed that only the languagesthey knew as written, such as English or French, could be written."


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