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The real first piece of bologna

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Now that I have actually read Bolter’s Writing as Technology, I decided to redo this piece. The only problem is, it’s hard to summarize an eight-page passage in a small blog, so I’ll try to make it as brief as possible. The first thing I’d like to point out is the invention of the letter press during the 15th century, which made it possible to produce words in clusters as opposed to just one letter at a time. I think anyone living in that time frame with a properly functioning brain could probably foresee that writing would only continue to evolve from that point on. According to the ancient Greeks, the original definition of technology was, “A system, method, or set of rules for making and doing something better.” Although technology nowadays highly differs from the way it was back then, it still seems to follow the same principles.

Bolter’s piece includes numerous views from numerous writers of all different time periods, such as Christina Haas’s view that “Writing always occurs in a material setting, employs material tools, and results in material artifacts.” Other writers share views that nearly take up half a page, so I obviously can’t include them here.

Another thing worth pointing out are the economies of writing in different cultures, with the earliest forms originating in Egypt and Mesopotamia. We talked a little about this in the last module where the idea of putting pen to paper evolved from the idea of putting scalpel to stone. In regards to the history and evolution of the process, paper was first introduced in the Far East before making its way across the world.

Then it goes into the definition of ‘remediation’, which is pretty much self explanatory. It is “the sense that a newer medium takes the place of an older one, borrowing and reorganizing the characteristics of writing in the medium and reforming its cultural space.” This kind of took me off guard because before now, the only time I ever heard the term ‘medium’ used with writing was with graphic novels. In the book Watchmen that was made into a movie last year, the first page contains a number of reviews by critics who consider Alan Moore as “the greatest writer of graphic novels in the medium’s history.”

I originally thought, what the hell is that supposed to mean? But I guess doing the readings for these classes actually pays off sometimes.


Written by halld76

November 12, 2009 at 8:53 AM

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