Walter Ong on Romanticism and Technology

The following excerpts are taken from an article by Walter Ong titled, “Romantic Difference and Technology.” The essay can be found in Ong’s Rhetoric, Romance, and Technology: Studies in the Interaction of Expression and Culture. Ong opens by highlighting the lasting significance of the Romantic movement: “Romanticism has not been a transient phenomenon. Most and perhaps … Continue reading Walter Ong on Romanticism and Technology

Ong’s Orality and Literacy Visualized

I’ve mentioned Walter Ong more than a few times in previous posts.  He’s best known for a little book titled Orality and Literacy in which he argues that transitions from oral to literate to secondary oral cultures (marked respectively by the development of alphabetic technology and electronic communication) have effected transformations in human consciousness. It … Continue reading Ong’s Orality and Literacy Visualized