The Gutenberg Parenthesis

Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore

I’m Johnnie Moore, and I help people work better together

Jeff Jarvis talks about the Gutenberg Parenthesis. Those who bemoan the supposed short attention spans of the networked generation typically measure this by the capacity or willingness to read a book cover-to-cover. This assumes that reading books is normal; but what about the vast span of human history before books? Perhaps we’re seeing a reversion to ways of knowing that were diminished by the printed word… to a more oral culture in which remixing is natural.

This reminds me of the book The Alphabet and the Goddess which also suggests that reading had a powerful and not always positive effect on how we think and behave.

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