Avatars of the Word by James J. O'Donnell
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Avatars of the Word
By James J. O'Donnell

Avatars of the Word

From Papyrus to Cyberspace

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Avatars of the Word by James J. O'Donnell

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The written word has been a central bearer of culture since antiquity. However, its position is now being challenged by the powerful media of electronic communication. In this book James O'Donnell takes a reading on the promise and the threat of electronic technology for our literate future. O'Donnell reinterprets today's communication revolution through a series of refracted comparisons with earlier revolutionary periods: the transition from oral to written culture, from the papyrus scroll to the codex, from copied manuscript to print. His portrayals of these analogous epochal moments suggest that our steps into cyberspace are not as radical as we may think. Observing how technologies of the world have affected the shaping of culture in the past, and how technological transformation has been managed, we regain models that can help us navigate the electronic transformation now underway. Concluding with a focus on the need to rethink the modern university, O'Donnell specifically addresses learning and teaching in the humanities, proposing ways to seek the greatest benefit from electronic technologies while steering clear of their potential pitfalls.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674001947
ISBN-10: 067400194X
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Pages: 228
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-May-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James J. O'Donnell

James J. O'Donnell brings to his searching meditation on the life of the mind in cyberspace a unique combination of perspectives. He is Provost at Georgetown University.

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