I have parts of the book flagged off and links that I found whilst perusing for this response that I want to share. So many choices!
Let’s start with the book and tie the rest in later.
I am mostly responding to the phrase, “A typed letter might be seen as rather too close to commercial correspondence”, (114) is this still the case? I think not. Eco goes further to say “if you want to be read and understood it’s best to write legible letters, and that the computer is therefore our best ally” (114). Hand written notes in class maybe, writing on post it notes around my house, yes, but in the classroom handwriting is being phased out, even hand written lists such as grocery lists or to do list are being shifted to smartphones, laptops and tablets. How many people still write their essays by hand for the draft? I used to think I wrote better when I wrote by hand, that I thought about it more thoroughly; however, I think my thinking has shifted (mostly since I began university) to the majority of my writing being done on computer. Carrière comments that he misses hand written drafts, “I miss the mistakes, the words scribbled in the margin, the chaos, the arrows pointing all over the place – all those signs of movement, of life, of unresolved searching. This being said, when the bulk of the items we read are in Times New Roman font or some other computer generated typeset, will we lose the ability to read handwriting? Will future generations be able to read manuscripts of old when they are unable to write in cursive text themselves? Are those of us that can both read and write in cursive a dying breed and will this be another of those filters that Eco and Carrière speak of? Will texts, manuscripts and even letters and notes written in cursive be entered into museums and library ‘special collections’ because technology has removed the ‘need’ for handwriting?
Yikes, and now I’ve written more on that then I thought I would and I still have more to say but I’ll save that for comments and perhaps in-class discussion tomorrow.
Here are some links I thought were interesting and maybe just some food for thought!
Also, check out this stat: Google “history of reading” About 2,510,000,000 results
Thanks for the great discussions guys!