Derrida – On the Demise of Language Through Writing

January 31st, 2008

Birkerts, Sven. 1994. “Into the Electronic Millennium.” & “Hypertext of Mouse and Man.” The Gutenberg Elegies. New York: Ballentine Books. URL:

Derrida, Jacques. 1976. “The End of the Book and the Beginning of Writing.” Of Grammatology. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP.

While the Derrida peice was mighty dense, it was manageable; and both works provided some decent insight on how some scholars look at where writing has taken us (even from pre-/non-literate cultures) to where we are now, and on to where we are going, particularly in regard to electronic and hypertext writing. Read the rest of this entry »