ABC has 56 ratings and 5 reviews. Ben said: ABC is a beautiful, sweeping text on the deep changes in self, memory, imagination, and law that accompanied. by IVAN ILLICH and BARRY SANDERS. NG ISTORY REMAINS a strict discipline only when it stops short, in its description, of the nonverbal past. The. ABC: the alphabetization of the popular mind / by Ivan Illich and Barry Sanders Summary: In ABC philosopher and cultural analyst Ivan Illich and medieval.

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Refresh and try again. As a result, all language is becoming debased. Daniel Klotz rated it it was amazing Aug 12, aplhabetization He lives in Southern California.

Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. So if our sense of self is linked to text, there is cause for concern, Illich and Sanders find, when technology displaces text onto a computer screen; or when culture, via fallout from scientific discourse, reduces language to mere code and nonsense words that, according to the authors, operate on a sublinguistic grunt level–here delightfully referred to as “”uniquack.

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The authors also argue that our image of self was made in the image of the text–as memory, biography, material to be shaped in the manner of Rousseau’s Confessions.


Google Books — Loading Account Options Sign in. Paul Sparks rated it really liked it Jan 04, The authors argue that the relation that has bound speaker to speech and made discourse whole and meaningful disintegrated with the invention of the alphabet, leaving streams of separate words ABC is a beautiful, sweeping text on the deep changes in self, memory, imagination, and law that accompanied the advent of written, alphabetic language in the West.

This critique applies equally to both the so-called developed and the developing nations but in different ways. Al Maki rated it really liked it Mar 11, Ivan IllichBarry Sanders. Jarryd Gennarakis rated it really liked it Jul 10, Open Preview See a Problem?

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The authors argue that there is a phenomenon transforming modern culture–language is becoming part of a technology alphabetiation “information systems” with an emphasis on control, rather than human exchange.


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Alistair MacDonald rated it really liked it Nov 25, Nov 09, Sally rated it it was ok Shelves: Illich and Sanders point out the difference between oral and written culture, arguing that, among other things, an oral tradition makes no distinction between recollecting and doing, whereas memory as we understand it today is a child of the written text.

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ABC: The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind

The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind carries Illich’s project forward into the area of literacy, as does his most recent book, In the Vineyard of the Text By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Iivan library descriptions found. CD Audiobook 0 editions.

Perhaps on account of that initial impetus, though, the real weight here falls on the evolution of written culture rather than on its present condition. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind.

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