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Post  nathanfree on Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:32 pm

Nathan Freeman
English 1000
March 19, 2013

Ong Reading Response

This particular work can be difficult to interpret throughout many of its pages. Therefore it can be difficult for the reader to understand what Ong is trying to argue to his audience. However, one argument is for certain and that is Ong believes “literacy is imperious…” and that “it tends to arrogate to itself supreme power by taking itself as normative for human expression and thought.” He continues by stating that high-technology cultures “are built on literacy of necessity and which encourage the impression that literacy is an always to be expected and even natural state of affairs.”
Here the reader can interpret that Ong believes reading and writing should come naturally to human beings as they are brought up through a lifetime, just like tying a shoe or learning how to speak. It seems that Ong believes someone simply cannot be human or considered a human if they do not understand the concept of reading or writing.


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