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Media Studies
Course
MDSA02H3
Professor
Ted Petit
Semester
Winter

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Part 2Chapter 5greek letters alter the character of human culture placing a gulf between alphabetic societies and their precursorsalphabet had to pass through a period of localization before being standardized throughout greece made democratization possibleif the alphabet was learned in childhood it could be distributed over a population this therefore initiated the organization and maintenance of school instruction for childrenthis eliminated the role of the scribe or clerkthe script resembled an electric current the mirrored the consciousnessnames of the greek letters became meaningless because a meaningful alphabet did not have any independent value so that it could be convertible into a mechanic mnemonic devicethe alphabetic system made it possible that the reader could recognize the acoustic value of signs in any languagetranslation suggested that it was rst done with the spoken tongue and not the written Still occurs today between nonalphabetic and alphabetic cultures like japanese and arabicthe alphabet was rst used to record oral literature like homerbut now using the secondary usage of the alphabet an inuential statement could be preservedthe alphabet abolished the need for memorization and rhythm brought forth the production of novel or unexpected statement this brought forth new ideas and preservationsthe earliest use of readership was parchment and then the Egyptians started using papyrusthe translation of the words book and library could have held very different meanings back then as they do todaychildren probably learned their letters with sand and slatespeed of recognition was probably not up to par with modern days writers of the classical period wrote what they had to say out of what others had written before themthe distinction between the literacy of our ancestors and modern day minds hold a distinction because of the quantitative limitations placed in antiquity on the materials available to them for preservationmass production was a great limitation as it remained a handicraft quantitative limitationqualitative limitations were also an issue as strict uniformity of letters and shapes was rendered impossible a handicraft produces custommade products but is somewhat inconvenient and bound to be impaired in terms of efciency and practicality further inventions had to rst be acquired before the printing press could come into play
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