Thursday, March 25, 2010

Image-Based Communication vs Traditional Storytelling

"I’m saying that when Gutenberg invented moveable type in 1454 people feared the oral tradition of storytelling would be replaced, lost, or regarded as a lower form of communication.  They were upset that information previously communicated by word-of-mouth was now being written, coded in text, and that access to this information would be restricted to only those persons who could read – which in many cases, is exactly what happened.  Now book people. the literati, are upset because the world is adopting a more image-based communication system, because we’re telling stories and sharing information via pictures."

- Gordon J.H. Leenders. May Not Appear Exactly As Shown. pg 91

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