Presence of the Word – Word as Sound

October 24th, 2010

[C]ultures which do not reduce words to space but know them only as oral-aural phenomena, in actuality or in the imagination, naturally regard words as more powerful than do literate cultures” (112).

Ong, Walter J. The Presence of the Word: Some Prolegomena for Cultural and Religious History. The Terry Lectures. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967.

That words are powerful is a common idea, meaning that words can hurt, words bring knowledge, words bring action, etc. However, for early man and oral cultures, words actually bring physical power.

It is a commonplace that early man, strongly if by no means exclusively oral-aural, experiences words–which for him typically are spoken words–as powerful, effective, of a piece with other actuality far more than later visualist man is likely to do. A word is a real happening, indeed a happening par excellence. (111).

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MEA Presentation June, 2009

June 29th, 2009

I’ve just posted a video of the presentation I gave in June for the MEA Conference.

Digital Orality and the Online Video Conversation:
Simulating Synchronicity and Preserving Humanness in Distance Communication


Here is the latest presentation. This was presented on June 19th at St. Louis University for the Tenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association. It was truly a great time. I met many people and heard some great talks. While along the lines of my larger topic, this presentation discusses the use of Seesmic in the online, asynchronous classroom. Seesmic offers immediate, ongoing conversations on virtually any topic. With its threaded, conversational videos, it offers conversing participants a more immediate, nearly seamless way to communicate that preserves much of the social presence of face-to-face dialogue and creates an almost synchronous exchange of ideas.

May 2009 Presentation at Texas Tech

May 17th, 2009

I’ve just posted a video of the presentation I gave at Texas Tech.

The Embedded Online Video Conversation:
Humanness and the Semi-Synchronous Situation in the Asynchronous Online Classroom

It discusses the use of Viddler in the online, asynchronous classroom, including an account of data collected through a student survey. This, is getting closer to my dissertation topic, but not quite exact.

A Brief History of Communication Media

March 17th, 2009

From primary orality through to our current age, there have been a number of major communication advancements traceable through the tools and technology that have risen. Each of these advancing examples tended (or tends) to have a specific delivery style, conditions of communication, and offers us one or more benefit–aural, visual, textual, archival, or live interactive–while lacking, or even removing, another. Read the rest of this entry »

ATTW Presentation Video is Up

March 16th, 2009

The video recording of my ATTW presentation is up. I also added a movie of the PPT slideshow. Click play on the video and then immediately click Play on the PPT video below it; you can watch them together.
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