Sunday Book-Thought 19Posted: November 9, 2014
Despite what is sometimes said, electronic devices are not eliminating printed books but are actually producing more of them. Electronically taped interviews produce ‘talked’ books and articles by the thousands which would never have seen print before taping was possible. The new medium here reinforces the old, but of course transforms it because it fosters a new, self-consciously informal style, since typographic folk believe that oral exchange should normally be informal.
– Walter J. Ong (on our “secondary orality”)