Whiteboard Notes: A Whirlwind History of Media

I posted the last lecture more or less in its entirety on the blog.  That’s partly as a service to Christoph who signed up late for the course.  Don’t count on me doing that in the future.  

Here are some whiteboard notes that will save me scribbling on the board and make following along easier:

  • Bill Henderson, Pushcart Press, Lead Pencil Club
  • Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862): “We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas, but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.”
  • Twitter Analysis: 40 percent of Tweets Are Pointless Babble
  • Top reason for Facebook unfriending: Too many useless posts
  • Unease with new technology and its usefulness
  • Writing itself is a technology.
  • Technologies of the word are never neutral.
  • 1,000 centuries ago: Speech
  • 50 centuries ago:  First writing [cuneiform]
  • 30 centures ago: Alphabetical languages become widespread
  • 25 centuries ago: Plato, Phaedrus (circa 370BC)
  • “For the creatures of a painting stand like living beings, but if one asks them a question, the preserve a solemn silence.  And so it is with written words, you might think they spoke as if they had intelligence, but if you question them, wishing to know about their sayings, they always say one and the same thing.”
  • Scrolls, papyrus, parchment, paper, codices
  • Why Shakespeare Couldn’t Spell
  • Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1755
  • David Stanage, The Victorian Internet
Spoken Language Written Language
Real time, situation-bound, F2F Displaced, not real time, asynchronous
Temporary Permanent
Interactive One-to-many
Face, body, voice Punctuation, type font, layout
Casual, repetition and repair Concentrated, organized, dense, “correct”

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1 Response to Whiteboard Notes: A Whirlwind History of Media

  1. Christoph says:

    This’ll help me for the start! Thank you very much!

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