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'Professor Ong has managed to synthesize an incredible amount of thought and at the same time has carried some of his earlier ideas still further. Orality and Literacy should become a classic. It is eminently assignable for undergraduate courses' - Professor John Ahern
'No comparable work on this important subject exists. Thanks to the lucidity of its style and presentation of complex thought, this is a work that will be accessible and useful...it will be the standard introduction to this topic for some years to come' - Choice
'Professor Walter Ong's new book explores some of the profound changes in our thought processes, personality and social structures which are the result, at various stages of our history, of the development of speech, writing and print. And he projects his analysis further into the age of mass electronic communications media...the cumulative impact of the book is dazzling. Read this book. Literature will never be the same again. And neither will you' - Robert Giddings, Tribune
'This admirably lucid book...has obvious implications for philosophy, literature, linguistics, sociology, psychology, education, and Biblical studies...I believe this is the best book Ong has published' - Thomas J. Farrell, Cross Currents--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you want to blow your cranium wide open with considerations of the history and meaning of oral culture (vs. literary culture)... then this book will certainly do that. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Michael S. Vandy
Good basic primer on preaching. Recommended by a priest with his doctorate in homiletics.Published 12 months ago by John Pfeifer
But the writing in this book is less than impressive. As a literary scholar, the scholarship is okay, but Ong makes many claims without supporting them thoroughly with much... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Amanda McAvoy
I started getting a bit deeper into rhetoric at grad school, and became a pretty serious devotee of a new orality growing out of computers and the Internet. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Alex Acton
For those reviewers who found this book less than commendable: you need to broaden your horizons.
For me, Ong's book was an introduction into the way societies... Read more
To paraphrase Walter Ong, "think of how difficult it is today to imagine earlier cultures where relatively few persons had ever seen a physically accurate picture of anything," or... Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by M