Ong's Paper on Literacy

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Ong's Paper on Literacy

Post  JohnJac on Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:48 am

Ong's general argument is that since literacy is so wide spread in modern society and cultures, when people are illiterate it is frowned upon. For a person to lack the skills of reading and writing, it limits their thinking ability to only being able to think in oral form. A person who is illiterate and can only think in oral form are chastened to what they can express.

Ong emphasizes that the discourse of literature isn't as old as verbal communication. He mentions that the oldest script in history is less than 6,000 years old. He also makes the point that Homo Sapiens have been on earth for about 30,000 years. This gives the implication that oral communication is the primary way that humans communicate with each other.


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