Re: Writing, language, & consciousness

Douglass Drozdow-St.Christian (stchri@MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA)
Thu, 3 Oct 1996 11:35:17 -0400

at some point in the vapourous morass of email, jesse cook quothe...

>nor can he respond. But isn't the initial act of reading at least the
>start of an interaction?

>>Ron, you must be working too hard. Your logic is in disarray here.
>>is the start of an interaction only on the Internet, unless you have access
>>to the author of a book or other work of literature. If the author is
>>as I think Samuel Langhorne Clemens is, access is pretty hard to come by. I

now, apart from the fact that a simple keyword search on reading theory
or reader theory in any library would provide a wealth of correctives to
such a naive view of reading, i wonder if mr. cook has ever read and
acted upon a letter, or a note left stapled to his bib, or a traffic sign
for that matter....

each different intereactions with printed text, but each intereactions in
their own way...

mcluhan recognized many things, but most importantnly that the
relationship between the written or printed word and the reader is an
interactive one....

however, this all smacks too much of what my old philosophy teacher
called debating the merits of an absurdity...i mean, i can't beleive,
after a month of this puffery, that i actually responded to one of these


dougl st.c.

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