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Unformatted text preview: 3. Each step, reduction in # of signs 4. Each step, increase in complexity & abstraction 5. Diffusion to other areas Societies without Writing 7. All communication face-to-face 8. All knowledge is memorized 9. No sense of history 0. What is not important for contemporary life is forgotten 1. Past is assumed to be like present Societies with Writing 10. Used to record 11. Administrative and commercial use 12. Difficulty of early writing 13. Religion tied to administrative functions 2. Writing becomes tied to rituals Writing & Social Inequalities 14. Difficulty of early writing 3. Easily monopolized by elites 15. Writing records activities & thoughts 4. Makes things rigid and permanent 5. Serves as a conservative force Other Implications of Writing 9. Accumulation of knowledge 11. Philosophy 12. Myth 13. History 10. Sense of historical change 14. Cultural inheritance 15. Sense that the past may be lost 11. Use as art/entertainment...
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- Fall '06