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Rediscovering Literacy
"I used to think that the terseness of written language through most of history was mostly a result of the high cost and low reliability of writing technologies in pre-modern times. I now think these were secondary issues. I have come to believe that the very word literacy meant something entirely different before around 1890, when print technology became cheap enough to sustain a written form of mass media."
history  literacy  oral  culture  transmission  diffusion  sophistication  language  thinking 
may 2012 by tsuomela

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