Sunday, July 28, 2002

From The Electronic Word

How can one argue that rhetoric, an education built on the word, has regained its centrality when the word itself shows every symptom of radical decline? When the test scores that measure popular literacy worsen each year? When the logos, the long-lasting Western centrality of the word, seems to evaporate before our eyes, and the characteristic Western conception of self and society with it?

Ouch. I actually would make more of a case that the Internet has revived writing in a TV age, but again, I can't argue with the literacy tests and the tripe I've seen on the Web today.

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