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Avatars of the word : from papyrus to cyberspace

Author: James Joseph O'Donnell
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 1998.
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The written word has been a central bearer of culture since antiquity. However, its position is now being challenged by the powerful media of electronic communication. In this book James O'Donnell  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
O'Donnell, James Joseph, 1950-
Avatars of the word.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Joseph O'Donnell
ISBN: 0674055454 9780674055452 067400194X 9780674001947
OCLC Number: 37819954
Description: xii, 210 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction: The scholar in his study --
Phaedrus: hearing Socrates, reading Plato --
From the Alexandrian Library to the virtual library and beyond --
Hyperlink: The instability of the text --
From the Codex page to the homepage --
Hyperlink: The shrine of nonlinear reading --
The persistence of the old and the pragmatics of the new --
Hyperlink: Who owns that idea? --
The ancients and the moderns: the classics and western civilizations --
Augustine today: linear narratives and multiple pathways --
The new liberal arts: teaching in the postmodern world --
Hyperlink: How does teaching work? --
What becomes of universities? (For professors only) --
Cassiodorus: Or, the life of the mind in cyberspace.
Responsibility: James J. O'Donnell.
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�James O'Donnell's� approach to the long-term effects of the computer revolution on reading and higher education feels like a bracing, sophisticated exchange of ideas...His purpose is to compare Read more...

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