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Study Question 10-10 - Hector Vega 10/10/06 Study Questions...

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Hector Vega 10/10/06 Study Questions for Chandler, Bias of the Eye and Ear 1. What are 'great divide' theories? Explain. Such theories tend to suggest radical, deep and basic differences between modes of thinking in non-literate and literate societies. They are often associated with attempts to develop grand theories of social organization and development. However, the sharp division of historical continuity into periods 'before' and 'after' a technological innovation such as writing assumes the determinist notion of the primacy of 'revolutions' in communication technology. 2. Why are binary distinctions considered not useful? Binary distinctions are not useful because they show the relationship between only two categories (a vs. b), instead there should be a chain of reactions (a = b = c = d) 3. What is the alternative to 'great divide' theories? The interpretive alternatives to Great Divide theories are sometimes called ' Continuity ' theories : these stress a 'continuum' rather than a radical discontinuity between oral and literate modes, and an on-going dynamic interaction between various media. 4. What are some characteristics of oral cultures? Aural, impermanence, fluid, rhythmic, subjective, inaccurate, resonant, present,
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