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ERIC Number: ED024677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Pages: 5
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Language and Environment.
Carpenter, Edmund
Educators Guide to Media and Methods, v4 n7 p8-12 Mar 1968
A retreat from verbal communication has occurred in contemporary society because of new emphases on ritual and the apparent inadequacy of verbal expression in science and art. Formal ritual surrounds people and involves all human senses; but printed matter or words separate the senses and reduce reality to a one-dimensional, sequential abstraction, thus interfering with the individual's submersion in the ritualistic experience. Problems with linguistic communication have also occurred in science and art. Because language concentrates on surface qualities and sensory perception, it has proved inadequate to describe recent scientific research, most of which has been devoted to interior structure and to phenomena off the sensorial spectrum, where only mathematics seems capable of picturing reality. In describing such artistic phenomena as abstract painting and electronic music, in which the senses are directly engaged, language also seems deficient. Because of these difficulties, society has moved away from verbal communication, and literacy consequently appears to be surviving only among the "drop-outs" and hippies for whom print has become a medium of dissent. (LH)
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