Orality and Literacy
This classic work explores the vast differences between oral and literate cultures offering a very clear account of the intellectual, literary and social effects of writing, print and electronic technology.
In the course of his study, Walter J. Ong offers fascinating insights into oral genres across the globe and through time, and examines the rise of abstract philosophical...more
That looks like a fairly succinct summary of these densely packed pages. Well done, whoever wrote the flyleaf introduction.
This is what academic writing should do: instruct, amaze, amuse, engage and shift the way you look at the world. 'Primitive' cultures do not 'lack' the s ...more
And then I read more, and thought about it more, and I think in some ways Ong seriously overstates his case, and in others he is just wrong. To support his claim that writing allow ...more
هذا الكتاب مثل مناجم ذهب مكسوة بطبقة رقيقة من تراب التفاصيل. ما ان تنبش قليلا باصبعك حتى تكتشف الذهب.
لقد ضاعف الكتاب على قدرتي التحليلية وفهم الامور المعيشية البسيطة. بعد قراءته ستفهم شخصيات الناس بصورة افضل, وستفهم طرق تفكيرهم, وستفهم كيف تطورت الحضارات.
قد يظن البعض اني ابالغ, ولذا فاني احيلكم الى تدوينة تلخيصية (لحوالي 30 تدوينة في مدونة مبادرتنا من وحي الكتاب). وتحوي هذه التدوينة التلخيصية (بعنوان:"التاريخ يكشف استاره ويحدّث اخباره- كيف قبضت ...more
Of course, if what Ong di ...more
Also an excellent example of concise, scholarly writing.
the difference between oral and text-literate cultures though is gospel.
If you're studying digital media culture and social media communication it's a must.
The book is about the shift from an oral culture, one without writing, to whatever our modern one is, usual ...more
His main argument: that oral speech and written word are not merely two different ways of expressing the same thing, but qualitatively different with far-reaching implications. Drawing on literary analysis and anthropological studies in pre-literate societies, Ong argues that oral culture is driven by the inability to ever "look something up." As a result, oral cul ...more
Andai aku bisa menyebut tulisan ini sebagai ulasan, atau review, atau resensi.
Tapi sepertinya tidak. Aku tahu batasan-batasanku. Aku tahu kesukaan-kesukaanku. Aku tahu batasan-batasan dunia di luar sana. Ulasan, review atau resensi bukanlah apa yang hendak kutulis.
Dari tak banyak buku yang pernah kubaca, tak banyak lagi yang menimbulkan dan meninggalkan kesan begitu mendalam hingga boleh dibilang menentukan arah dan pilihan-pilihan hidupku.
Dalam kelompok buku yang kus ...more
Ong presents a notable exploration of writing’s potentiality in transforming human consciousness. Writing provides the mechanism to note thoughts down that would otherwise have to be retrieved from memory – hence, it takes that away something that, if writing weren’t a tool, would have had to been repossessed. Therefore, writing, as Ong sees it, is technology. The same could not be said about the spoken word, for it is the visual apparatus that writing presents which stores the ...more
A history of writing as the technology that shaped our modern day (western?) individuality...
From the moment I finished reading it I could classify everyone, from friends to foes, according to their closeness or distance from either the oral or literary culture.
I'm one of those sad people that read too much at an early age and is now trying to run the path back to some kind of oral life skill.
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By contrast with vision, the dissecting sense, sound is thus a unifying sense. A typical visual ideal is clarity and distinctness, a taking apart. The auditory ideal, by contrast, is harmony, a putting together.
Interiority and harmony are characteristics of human consciousness. The consciousness of each human person is totally interiorized, known to the person from the inside and inaccessible to any other person directly from the inside. Everyone who says 'I' means something different by it from what every other person means. What is 'I' to me is only 'you' to you...
In a primary oral culture, where the word has its existence only in sound... the phenomenology of sound enters deeply into human beings' feel for existence, as processed by the spoken word. For the way in which the word is experienced is always momentous in psychic life.”