Notes on Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy #2

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(Following on a little tardily from May’s notes) Chapter 2: Modern discovery of Primary Oral Cultures Early Awareness of Oral Tradition Tradition of writing down sayings longlived: Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 “Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized and arranged many proverbs. Qoheleth sought to find pleasing sayings, and write down true sayings with precision.” By the Middle … Read More

Notes on Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy #1

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This post is the first in a series of notes on Walter Ong‘s book Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. The book, so far, is a corker, and looks to have significant implications for any discussion of “markets as conversations” and the like. Chapter 1: The Orality of Language The Oral Character of Language We’ve only recently woken … Read More