ERIC Number: ED235510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Media Evolution and the Primacy of Speech.
The ability to describe existence through speech and to change that existence through tools are among the most fundamental characteristics of humans. From the first efforts of humans to communicate--using hieroglyphic and pictographic systems of writing--through the development of the phonetic alphabet, to the emergence of computer technology, humans have used communication tools or technologies to change the ways they describe their existence. While communications media have now clearly gone far beyond the powers of unadorned speech, the spoken word nonetheless has served as the focus and goal of media evolution. The immense powers of abstraction set loose by speech have made complex inventions possible, and the spoken word functions as a gateway for all technological enterprises. Thus, the evolution of media has been truly guided by the invisible hand of speech. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).