The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet
November 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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- A fascinating insight into the history of the original Information Technology, a communication tool created to transcend the limitations of human memory and to defy time and space
- Explores how writing has conquered the world, making possible everything from complex bureaucracy, literature, and science, to instruction manuals and love letters
- Draws on an engaging range of examples, from the first cuneiform clay tablet, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Japanese syllabaries, to the printing press and text messaging
- Weaves together ideas from a number of fields, including history, cultural studies and archaeology, as well as linguistics and literature, to create an interdisciplinary volume
- Traces the origins of each of the world’s major written traditions, along with their applications, adaptations, and cultural impact