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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Barry Sanders. An intense examination of the effects of technology on literacy and language.
The authors argue that there is a phenomenon transforming modern culture--language is becoming part of a technology of "information systems" with an emphasis on control, rather than human exchange. As a result, all language is becoming debased. Get A Copy.
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ABC is a beautiful, sweeping text on the deep changes in self, memory, imagination, and law that accompanied the advent of written, alphabetic language in the West. Jul 02, Bruce rated it it was amazing. Nov 09, Sally rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction.
Written in an absolute tone that I found off putting, still the authors have interesting things to say about attitudes toward language and the self in oral and literate societies.
However, I find the idea that literacy allowed people to invent the self and memory as implausible as Bloom's theory that Shakespeare's works created the sense of self. Oct 15, Josh rated it really liked it. Fascinating how standardizing grammar in corresponds directly and explicitly with empire building.
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I'd give this book 5 stars for provoking startling examinations of how I had thought about a lot of stuff. Illich always does that for me but it does drag in places, so 4 it gets. Interesting, erudite and fascinating. Both authors and book. Phil Nichols rated it liked it Dec 25, Jabra Ghneim rated it it was amazing Nov 04, Nate rated it really liked it Jan 11, Daniel Klotz rated it it was amazing Aug 12, Holly rated it it was amazing Jun 24, Cord rated it liked it Jun 19, Biggles rated it really liked it Sep 01, Lou rated it really liked it Apr 24, Asmith rated it really liked it May 06, Jarryd Gennarakis rated it really liked it Jul 10, Jason Lesher rated it really liked it Dec 01, Doyle rated it it was amazing Oct 26, Mehmet rated it really liked it Nov 28, Rod Dubey rated it it was amazing Jun 18, Ben rated it liked it Apr 14, Jesse Birkett rated it it was amazing May 04, Sevan rated it it was ok Mar 22, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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ABC: The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind
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